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Are Spam Accounts Worth the Risk?

February 24, 2017

Two Charger Account staff writers consider the positives and negatives of the rising trend in Instagram use, spam accounts.

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Spam Accounts Promote Unhealthy Behavior in Teens

Spam accounts are exploding on social media networks, specifically Instagram. Teens create spam accounts to post content that would not go on their main account. It’s a platform for people to post exclusive, “private” photos or videos that only their closest friends can see. However, this can, and has, produced inappropriate and wrongful posts.

People are so focused on maintaining a popular figure in society, that they will go against their morals and compromise their reputation. According to “Be Web Smart”  real Instagram accounts are their users fake selves and spam accounts are their real selves. This doesn’t seem like a bad thing to peers, but it may look different to the adult and professional community.

Not all spam accounts are inappropriate. People use their accounts to express their true selves to respective followers. A spam account can include funny videos of friends, and photos a teenager wouldn’t normally want a larger population of their peers viewing.

However the perception that “only my followers see my posts” is inaccurate. A “private” Instagram account doesn’t mean that followers are the only ones who can get their hands on the content. Instagram has access to all accounts, and many colleges and companies have specific staff members who look for questionable pictures of applicants.

Spam accounts on Instagram often promote underage drinking, underage smoking, illegal driving, inappropriate actions, and to an extent cyber bullying. Nowadays, being cool directly often relates to being a mean person, and this virtual world is facilitating those stigmas.

Spam accounts give teens the opportunity to express their true self, but modern society expects teenagers to act a certain way, and small things like having your own spam account can showcase true identity, but normally falls back to the perception of fitting in.

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    Spam Accounts Express User’s True Selves

    Spam accounts are wildly popular among adolescents in the 21st century. Many high schoolers love the idea of a private Instagram account where they can share their realities without unwanted parental supervision, peer judgement, or the eyes of potential employers.

    Spam accounts allow teenagers to express their true selves with no pressure to present a “perfect” self representation. Spam account owners can post whatever they’d like about their daily lives and share how they feel without having to follow mainstream social media etiquette.

    The fear of social repercussions can often hinder teenagers from being creative and posting the content they care about; however this reigns untrue for the spam world where you can control exactly who sees what is being posted.

    Some see spam accounts as merely an easy way to post untraceable offensive content or as a way to promote acts of poor behavior. Some also believe that because a person’s full name is not necessarily in their spam account username, it leads them to creating riskier posts with the mentality that others cannot trace it back to them. What people don’t consider is the fact that teens use the social media phenomenon of anonymity to their advantage, to truly express themselves.

    Modern society tends to value social media status over real world achievements, and the strict set of guidelines dictating what is “cool” and “normal” makes it even more difficult to feel accepted. Spam Instagram accounts offer a rare and significant opportunity to truly be yourself. They allow for those who participate to break away from common social constructs and express actual interest in things they are passionate about.

    These accounts are not a way to display offensive content without consequences, but rather a chance to express one’s true self through a platform of trustworthy viewers.

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