Impact of Social Media

By Deidre Fanene ,

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Junior Mosese, 24-year-old of Laulii.

Junior Mosese, 24-year-old of Laulii.

There have been many problems concerning social media not only in Samoa but in many other countries of the world.

However, many parents are blaming social media due to the problems faced by young people.

But one believes that social media is good but it’s the person itself who is to blame for the many problems.

Meet Junior Mosese, 24-year-old of Laulii. He is married and has a son of his own.

Mr. Mosese told the Village Voice yesterday that social media especially Facebook plays a big role in saving money for him to call his family.

Mr. Mosese is one of the entertainers at the Magic Circus of Samoa run by Tupa’I Bruno Loyale so he travels a lot but he uses social media to connect to his wife, son and his family as a whole.

“Social Media, particularly facebook is very useful because we get to stay in touch with our families. If we didn’t have this, I know it would be very hard on our families and relatives here in Samoa,” he said.

“Because for me, I am one of the performers at the Magic Circus and I tell you I am very thankful for facebook because I get to talk to my wife and son without spending a lot of money buying cards to call them.

“As we all know everything is expensive so buying credit to call here is just too much but with facebook it saves me a lot of money too and means I am not buying cards to call my family here in Samoa.”

Mr. Mosese went on to say it’s the person who abuse social media and that’s when it becomes a problem.

“Nowadays the young ones are abusing social media, using it to do wrong things and going into bad websites,” he told the village voice.

“People made social media so that it will help us save money but others are using it the wrong way.

“It’s becoming a problem because we make it a problem.

“If we can only use it the right way then it doesn’t become a problem and I think we ought to look at it from that perspective.”

 “I think parents should answer this because they are the key factors in their children’s lives,” said Mr. Mosese.

“Young ones should never be allowed to have cell phones until they get to a certain age Then the government should establish a law and come up with a punishment that will deal with those who abuse social media.

“I know if that was done then I believe the young ones would be reminded that there is a consequence to pay if they do abuse social media.

“I know as a father that is what I will be doing when my son grows up because I don’t want him to experience the life that most of the young ones are going through.”

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