The internet has undeniably ruled over our lives, especially throughout lockdown. Social media has become an indispensable part of our day, using its different platforms to reconnect with our loved ones and be in the know with what’s happening around us. But with the pros of using social media come a set of cons, too.
In the upcoming digital anthology series titled Click, Like, Share, starring The Gold Squad members Andrea Brillantes, Seth Fedelin, Francine Diaz, and Kyle Echarri, there are four stories about mishandling social media that will be explored. The show aims to spread awareness on the importance of being digital-savvy responsibly.
The Gold Squad members Andrea Brillantes, Seth Fedelin, Francine Diaz, and Kyle Echarri in digital anthology series "Click, Like, Share"
“Reroute” tells the story of a young man’s obsession with an app, while “Cancelledt” portrays the consequences of clout-chasing. There’s also “Trending,” which delves into the effects of story fabrication regarding a viral post. And finally, “Poser” tackles the repercussions of catfishing online.
The lead stars of the web series are no strangers to the toxicity of social media, sharing how they deeply relate to the characters in these unfortunate stories. Apart from valuable and practical lessons viewers will get from the show, Andrea, Seth, Francine, and Kyle opened up about their personal experiences and shared how they make sure to use social media responsibly.
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By Metro.StyleJuly 20 2021, 5:55 PM
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1. Real-life connections are more important.
Yes, social media and internet are important, but don't let them take over your life. Seth shares how, instead of scrolling endlessly through Facebook, Instagram, or TikTok, he prefers to spend his time actually talking to people. “Mas pinipili kong makipag-usap sa mga taong nasa bahay kaysa humawak ng cellphone. Kapag may importante lang, saka ako nagso-social media,” he says.
We hear it all the time—a celebrity gets into a controversy and instantly becomes a trending or viral topic for days on end. The Gold Squad has their fair share of these experiences. However, they choose to focus on the good things. Francine opens up about reacting to hate comments, saying, “Dine-dedma ko na lang. Kasi halos lahat ng hate comments na nasasabi sakin, ‘yun ‘yung walang katotohanan, na tipong gumagawa sila ng image ko na masama at alam ko sa sarili ko na hindi ako ‘yun... Alam ko naman sa sarili ko kung ano ‘yung totoo at ano ‘yung hindi.”
All of them agree that it pays to be extra careful and mindful when it comes to clicking, liking, and sharing posts. Andrea says, “Dapat lang maging aware ka sa kung ano'ng kini-click mo. Nakakatakot na kapag may pinindot ka, baka may scam.” Kyle adds, “When it comes to sharing, I just share stuff that I believe is right, and I make sure that it's right before I share it.”
4. Use social media to highlight issues or contents you feel strongly about.
When asked about the issues that they personally want to highlight in a show, The Gold Squad members talked about the topics that are close to their hearts. For Kyle, he wants to show how social media, when not used properly, can cause depression to people, while Francine wants netizens to avoid body-shaming. As for Andrea, she wants to showcase the side of artistas offline—the real them that their social media followers don’t often see.
As celebrities, The Gold Squad members are expected to be responsible for and mindful of what they post online, considering their influence and reach. They know that a lot of the young ones look up to them. But using social media properly is a responsibility we all share. During the press conference for "Click, Like, Share," Kyle reminded everyone to always think twice before posting anything.
There will always be bad days, but finding inspiration to bring sunshine to your day can incredibly change your overall outlook at any given time. Learn how to filter accounts that you follow and, as much as possible, only choose those that help you become a better person. Francine, for instance, only follows social media influencers who has a positive impact on her. “‘Yung mga pino-post nila, nakaka-inspire sa’kin, na maging confident ka sa sarili mo and tanggapin mo ‘yung flaws mo physically or emotionally,” she muses. Choose your idols carefully, too, taking cues from Andrea who is inspired and motivated by the success of Kylie Jenner, a reality TV star and an entrepreneur who also happens to be one of the most followed celebrities on Instagram. “She inspires me kasi at the age of 18, naging successful ‘yung business niya; naging billionaire siya at a very young age. Hindi niya ni-limit ‘yung sarili niya sa pagiging Jenner. And gusto ko na matapang siya and alam nya ‘yung ginagawa niya. Someday, sana maging gano’n din ako.”
The Gold Squad reminds people that there will always be haters and naysayers, no matter what you do. So whether you become a victim of cancel culture or cyberbullying, keep in mind that you can’t please everyone. The best thing you can do is to shut haters out of your life and, as Andrea says, “Live for yourself.” And if you indeed made mistakes online, make sure to learn your lessons and strive to be a better person both online and offline.