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Should all footballers social media activity be filtered?

Social media can be the most wonderful yet most damning tool in the modern era. One minute someone will be heralded for their actions, respects will be made, the next minute people will be “trolling” others left, right and centre. A simple like, a simple share, it is very easy to scroll through social media and get carried away with what you are liking and sharing. Yet when the person involved is famous or iconic, this simple process is put under a microscope. With every one of these actions analysed, trying to paint a picture of the user’s mind. Fans will do more or less anything to try and understand the minds of their icons, social media is the main way they get to do this.

Not many people actually know the in-depth secrets and day-to-day lives of the famous celebrities. For the majority, social media is the only opportunity we have of seeing what celebrities lives are like outside of their work environment. So how important is a footballer’s social media activity?

Well, first of all, there is always the theory that all celebrities, footballers included, should lead by example. After all social media is mainly powered by the activity of its younger members. Younger members who will be looking up to their idols and moulding their lives around them. For this reason, a footballers social media activity is vital. There are not many parents who would like to explain some of Joey Barton’s tweets, nor many parents who would like their child to rebel when they do not get what they want, *cough* Peter Odemwingie *cough*.

Then there are the arguments that arise when a player seems to be enjoying themselves on social media, despite not enjoying their best period on the field. This has been seen time and time again, with previous club legends heavily criticising this at points. This year the main man facing such criticism is Paul Pogba, a player known for his jovial and happy nature. Yet a player who has been so very criticised when he shows this side of himself off the field, especially a video that showed him dancing when he was suffering an injury. There is the theory that if you play for a club, the club should become that player’s life, they should live and breathe everything the team goes through. But is this right?

No one can argue that some of the players who immersed themselves in to the club rather than social media have been a success. Very little was ever seen or heard of Paul Scholes off the field yet he was a phenomenon on it. Even social media legend Patrice Evra only really started becoming a social media icon once he had left Old Trafford. But then should a human being not be allowed to do something that makes them feel happy when work isn’t going well? In any other case except football, most would say do the things that make you happy, yet this is not always the case.

Just how influential is social media? And should all footballers be wary of their online activity? One thing is for sure it is encouraged a lot more if their team is winning.

Written by Anthony Withington

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