By Brianna Aguilar
Karley Lindsey, a photography Instagrammer with 14,000 devoted followers, loved the ability to share her photography talents with those all around the world, but with a consequence—only being known for her amount of followers.
“I didn’t want to be defined by having thousands of followers on Instagram and I didn’t want people to look at me differently because I had that.”
Christian DeNolan, a quirky Youtuber shares his artistic side by crafting together funny videos for all to see, but he also came to face a consequence—everyone from our school can see his videos and that can make way for social media problems almost instantly.
Social media is a influential force more and more in the world and especially in high school. From high school students to faculty, it is evident the power of social media can affect thousands of followers or just a few in a touch—whether for good or bad.
“We could keep everyone positive [in using it] instead of [allowing] it to be the form of negativity that it has become,” career and technology teacher Mary Duff said. “[Social media] can be positive, but so much is negative, and there is no filter as to what is true or false. It could be such a positive, but unfortunately the focus is mostly on the negative.”
With the power of social media and the easy accessibility to tell one’s feelings over a social media account, the ability to cause permanent damage can be done swiftly and affect many, even resulting in disagreements between students that extend into their personal interactions at school.
“We have seen a spike in situations due to social media interactions,” assistant principal Julie Mishler said. “If it carries over to the classroom, then we hear both sides of the issue and make it clear as far as once you put that out on social media, you can’t take it back, and the damage is done essentially.”
When these situations arise, the principles “have the discussion about what does it mean to say something like that and council them the appropriate way to handle one’s frustrations,” Mishler said.
Although social media can allow ways to let out frustations over social media accounts. With the increase scenarios of negative social media, for freshman Christian DeNolan, it takes an immense amount of confidence to share a social media account for all to see.
“Yeah [confidence] plays a big role in it. If you look shy [in a video], then it wouldn’t turn out to be a good video,” DeNolan said.
Yet, the fear of people watching him express himself through YouTube can still be intimidating.
“It’s okay when I upload it but when I see other people watching it, I’m like ‘Oh no don’t look at that,” DeNolan said.
Yet, he still makes videos since he can find “inspiration from basically everything,” DeNolan said and hopes to aspire after other famous YouTubers and keep creating videos in the future.
As for junior Karley Lindsey, she made the bold choice to delete her Instagram. Even though deleted, she still appreciates the experiences and ability to share photography with those who have the same passion.
“I got to connect with other people that I wouldn’t have otherwise, [and] the comments people left were really sweet and uplifting for me. It was cool to reach people from other countries that I would of otherwise not known,” Lindsey said.