On the Street

What's the worst thing about social media?


JAMES MOORE

Little things get blown out of proportion.

What's an example?

One-word phrases that politicians will make, or a slip, will get blown up into a heaping headline story that has no point. Or you go down a rabbit hole. You start looking at something and you end up 16 pages, and "How am I looking at 'Cats of Persia?'"


JAKE COOK

Fake news, I guess.

What do you mean by that?

I see a lot of news reports that aren't true that people have falsified and made it seem like a real thing on social media, and it gains a big following and people believe it without thinking twice about it.


RUBY COLVIN

Bullying.

What's an example?

If you post something about you being in a relationship with somebody and everybody disses on you, and is really rude to you, and tells you that they can do better than you.


CINDY LAWSON

The fighting, the arguments, the disagreements, when it tears apart families.

Why do you think people stay on it?

Just to see what's going on everywhere, to keep in touch with friends, family. Most of my family is far away, so it's a way to connect, to see what's going on, to see pictures of people you probably wouldn't see, because you don't get to visit. Just connections.


GAO MOUA

It's time-consuming.

Have you ever quit social media?

Briefly. My family lives far away, in another state so that's the only way I'm able to really keep up to date with them, so I had to get back on to follow up with family.

INTERVIEWS BY JACKSON ELLIOT
4/17/19, DOWNTOWN SPOKANE LIBRARY

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