Of course, that’s not to say that Mark Zuckerberg and his team are to blame.
Nor should the widely popular social networking site be shut down. However, the increasing number of cases of Facebook users getting into trouble because of irresponsible posting is steadily increasing. Whether it is someone getting killed or thrown into an accident, it is always sad. In addition, it is sometimes unbelievable – to hear about a death, partly brought about by the wrongful use of the Internet. Unfortunately, it is happening around us right now, we just don’t know it. Here are just some examples.
Wrong Place, Wrong Time
In most recent news, a North Carolina woman passed away due to a car accident while she was driving alone to work Thursday morning. 32-year-old Courtney Ann Sanford had apparently been posting photos of herself and updating her status on Facebook, saying, “The happy song makes me HAPPY.” In an ironic twist of events, moments later she drove into a head-on collision with a truck, sending her car off the road and catching on fire. She died on the scene.
While law enforcements all around the world have put much effort into reminding everyone about the dangers of texting while driving, it seems like a new advocacy should be promoted. People should realize that updating and checking on social media sites while driving can also endanger lives. Actually, doing anything that may keep your eyes from being glued on the road may eventually harm you and others. Why do it now when you can wait until you get home before letting people know how you feel for the day?
Another Facebook mishap happened in the past week, this time in Jacksonville, Florida. Virginia Wyche and Markeisha Brooks had been arguing on Facebook one night. The next day, the pregnant Brooks went up to Wyche’s doorstep and the two resumed their squabble. As things got too heated up and turned physical, Wyche eventually brought out her gun and shot her once close friend in the stomach. Brooks was later brought to the hospital, where she fortunately survived the gunshot, but sadly lost her six-month-old unborn baby.
Wyche was arrested on a charge of murder. Her mother, Lillian Jordan, was certain that somebody had provoked her daughter to commit murder. She was not brought up that way, and she was otherwise a good person. Needless to say, she was spot-on with her warning that sharing details about oneself too much on social media can only lead to problems.
Brooks and Wyche are just one of the several cases of Facebook fallouts between friends that have led one to harm the other. Last month, a Mexican teenage girl stabbed her own best friend to death after the two had a disagreement over naked photos. Erandy Elizabeth Gutierrez was mad at Anel Baez for uploading their naked selfies on Facebook. Both sixteen, their other online pictures told the world about a once beautiful friendship. When Baez invited Gutierrez over to her house in hopes to reconcile, Gutierrez took this as a chance for revenge. She went into the kitchen and stabbed her friend with a knife 65 times before fleeing the scene. She even went on to mourn with other friends and attend the victim’s funeral, where she was finally arrested.
While social media has its many perks by keeping people connected, everything should be enjoyed in moderation. If you want to keep your friends close and stay as friends for life, think before you post on your social media accounts. And don’t let emotions fuel you into doing something you may regret later on.