Of all the students we surveyed, the vast majority believe that the authorities do not have the right to use their online posts for the purpose of incrimination. These posts can be taken out of context and misinterpreted. The frustrations of Paul Chambers led to a harmless joke being blown out of proportion. He was simply trying to amuse his friends when he posted on Twitter that he wanted to "[blow] the airport sky high" (2). He was then detained for acts of terrorism for nothing more than a sarcastic Twitter post.
The impact of social media on today's society is without a doubt the most influential of the 21st century. However, it is by no means a positive one. Social media is ultimately doing more harm than good to our society.