I can't post tonight without acknowledging the massive tragedy in Paris. More than a hundred people have been killed and all of the victims, along with their families, should be in our thoughts. I think this is an important topic to recognize.
They say that tragedy brings people closer together. That's certainly true tonight by the looks of social media. The tragedy in Paris is a trending topic no matter what social media platform you glance at. Everyone is discussing the events. Everyone wants to help. Everyone is sharing information, because even if you live all the way across the world, people who need that information may see it because you helped to share it.
Today's technology is an incredible thing. Imagine being able to help someone from countries away, simply by going online. There is a Twitter hashtag set up to help people find temporary shelter if they need it. Facebook set up a way for people to check in to let their loved ones know that they're alright. I can remember people trying to use social media for this same reason when huge natural disasters have occurred as well. It's really amazing.
Yet at the same time, social media can make you crazy. I mean, just look at the trending topics that showed up on my Facebook news feed. There's the Paris attacks, right at the top, but you look at the third headline and you have to just shake your head in disbelief. Who cares about what someone wore to dinner? That shouldn't be a trending topic at anytime, whether there's a major tragedy occurring or not.
Social media can be a wonderful help and source of knowledge for society when we use it correctly. It can be a way to stay informed, to learn and grow, or to connect with others. I think that society needs to take a step back and realize where priorities should lie, though, because sometimes going online makes me want to explode.
I hope that we all fall asleep tonight remembering what's truly important in life. Let this tragedy in Paris be a reminder of how short life is, and how precious it should be to all of us.
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