Social Media Warnings

Intern-al Issues is a fortnightly blog written by our Intern Sean that looks at the latest issues and trends in digital marketing. Enjoy!

Do we really know what smartphones and social media are doing to us?

This question has been gaining traction recently. Perhaps the question should be rephrased to – ‘do we really care what smartphones and social media is doing to us’?

‘Addiction’, ‘narcissism’ and ‘fake news’ are all words that get thrown around when the negative effects of social media are discussed.

The Australian recently published an article for social media to be branded with the same type of warnings as tobacco and alcohol. They claim that risks posed to our mental health and the fact that there is no regulatory frameworks for internet platforms suggest that we no longer have control over social media, and the public should be informed of the associated risks.

It all sounds so dark.

I am by no means qualified to discuss the implications of social media on us as a society, nor do I want to. I would much rather make light of the situation in true Intern-al issues style.

And what better way to make light of a serious situation?


Below I have constructed 4 social media warnings that I think the future generation must be made aware of.

1. The fitness expert

They are a dime a dozen. Following an Instagram ‘fitness expert’ should be done so at your own risk. Some are qualified, some are merely born with good genetics. Almost all are cringey. Beware of excessive selling of supplements!



2. The food snapper

What came first? Instagram or a photo of your meal? A snap every now and then of your culinary masterpiece is socially acceptable nowadays. But it is important to tread with caution. No one wants to see your homemade meals on a nightly basis. #masterchef #cancook



3. The aimless wanderer

You went on a holiday. Awesome! You should reward yourself, rejuvenate and relax. I’m all for it. Just go easy on the hashtags. PLEASE GO EASY ON THE HASHTAGS!

#wanderlust #travelbug #exploretheworld #findmyself



4. The selfie

Caution: Excessive selfies may cause people to hate you.



What do you think we need to warn future generations about? Please let us know in the comments.

Sean graduated from Murdoch University in 2017 and went from intern to Account Manager with Coffey & Tea. He also contributes to Social Media Perth.