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Opinion: Social media scandals are commonplace.

Today social media scandals are commonplace. Whether it’s an internet celebrity publicizing their bad decisions, or the plight of a regular person finding widespread scrutiny, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to draw the line when it comes to what should and shouldn’t be online and what lengths people will go to in order to get their social media serotonin rush.

Recently the internet, and eventually traditional news media, has been in uproar over the actions of YouTube celebrity Logan Paul concerning  a tasteless video showcasing the body of a man who committed suicide, paired with insensitive jokes. With many of those criticizing Logan Paul doing so on the basis of his poor judgement. This event, among many others, makes one question where we should draw the line when it comes to sharing our lives online.

Pew research center reports that the number of teens using social media has risen within the last few years, as well as the number of teens using more than one social media platform. Its fair to assume that people, especially teenagers are sharing more of their lives than ever before.

So what can be learned from this, if anything. A prime example is the case of Keaton jones, who was seen in a video crying about bullying issues he had faced. The internet quickly turned against him and his mother with allegations of racism, false claims, and child abuse. This is a prime example of how oversharing and approval seeking behaviors can backfire dramatically. In an age where most people’s personal information is a google search away, it’s better to be safe than sorry.