As promised in my last U.P. Tangway post, I will be publishing the winning entries of their Patinikan 2012 edition. Below is the champ for the English category of the essay writing contest
Student: Kristine Grace A. Austria
School: Colegio de San Juan de Letran
“Is Social Media helpful or not?”
How does social media affect us Filipinos? Social media sites? What are social media sites? Is that a food that can be brought in our school cafeteria? A movie that won an Oscars? A book that is authored by William Shakespeare? A thing that we see everytime we glance at our bags? Or a feeling that come from the bottom of our hearts? No! These are the lately applications that you can do everything and anything you want by the use of internet or I mean “Cyberspace” wherein majority of the Filipinos, especially the teenagers are deeply attracted.
Nowadays, most teenagers are having a hard time finishing their homeworks, doing schoolworks in their houses during school days or I mean even weekdays. As a student, it’s kinda boring if you’re just always doing those works even when you’re at home. Most especially, as a child or as a person you, youself still need a break to make your life happier and enjoying life to its fullest. Due to this kind of habit or everyday practice, people lately are forgetting the importance of the word “studying”. They give more attention to those so-‐called social media sites that tend to affect most of the Filipinos. The left and
right arousal of the social media sites do affect most of the teenagers. Specifically, in their studies, habits and being sociable as a person to all the people around you.
There are advantages and disadvantages of social media sites to the Filipino community. First, let us define what is the better understanding of the Filipinos when we hear the world social media. “Social” means how you conduct and how you handle that something to a person and how you talk how you act and how you reflect towards them. While “media” means, from the word itself, it is attached with the words technology, music, broadcast, internet and many more. Advantages of this? For the OFW, it’s totally helpful when those social media sites rise. They can easily connect and talk to their
relatives to other countries without using any call cards, loads, etc. In just one click you can directly talk and chat with them through these Social media sites. Disadvantages of this? As I said a while ago, these kind of media can affect and be distracted most especially to the students. If they are not handling it well, their studies and future may be ruined because these social media sites by distractions, wasting of time surfing the net instead of reviewing school reviewers.
Social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumbl, etc. are the famous sites that teenagers are kinda in touch with it. Most of these sites are invented by Americans, British and Japanese as well. Social media effects can sometimes be good or bad. But in our case today, Filipinos are affected when it comes to Social Medias because of their agendas that might be good or not. For an example, the lately news about Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 or Cybercrime Law has affect the Filipinos a lot. Shocked, anger and nervous are the words that fitly describes the Filipinos’ feelings when PNoy agreed in the implantation of the said law. In that case, we all see how the whole Filipino community have been reacted. And Yes! An evidence! That is an evidence of how the Filipino is affected by social media sites.
We all know that once you’ve enter the cyberspace all your activities can be seen by the whole Filipino. That’s why in every step you’re doing everytime you’re engaged with internet, be careful and always think. Your actions, will reflect unto you that may affect you, yourself! That can also affect people, me! The whole Filipino community!
Always remember, “THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK