There are many risks but there are also many benefits to social media platforms. Many of us know someone who’s experienced a false sense of connection to either someone or something that is unrealistic. However today that false sense of connection is even greater with the amount of people you are able to connect with so easily in the privacy of your own home. It is too easy to lose your sense of empathy for another human being because of the lack of human interaction. For example on Facebook the more a person likes you’re pictures or videos you have uploaded the more that person feels closer to the up loader of those posts.
Social media can affect us in two different ways. It will either increase or decrease productivity depending on which type of social media site you are currently using.
Some things that social media sites can do to mitigate risk would be to make privacy and security one of the bigger tools to focus on. Instead they focus on photo filters or updating the way their site looks and runs. A good example is facebook. They are always updating their style and font size or even how you see friends that come online or are already online. Companies should be working more on user friendly ways of using their tools without the user’s information being compromised. Great examples of this risk are being seen right now in our media with alleged unauthorized use of peoples facebook data to influence their opinions.
It’s probably very difficult to separate a person and professional persona on a social medium. One would most likely have to use your professional media persona strictly for professional use only. There would be no personal pictures or personal opinions that would give a hint to you are privately. On your personal site you would keep your privacy settings to private and keep your circle of family and friends very small.
It has been my experience with high school friends who have later come to regret certain post and photos that they posted online. Who they were then to who they are now.