Social Media

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Not too long ago, I use to feel like the odd-one-out in a social atmosphere with other teens, because I always felt like I was the only one without all of the social media accounts that seem to “run” this generation. Recently, I have been realizing how much social media has completely destroyed the ACTUAL social life of so many people. It is even worse than most people realize…

If someone took your phone away from you for a week, how would you react? How hard would it be for YOU to be away from social media for that long? Some of you might be cringing at the thought of it, but think about how different this world would be if people weren’t on their phones all of the time. People would actually notice the people sitting in the same room as them, and they would get to know them better. People would talk about more than just the latest posts on their social media pages, and they would act like they actually cared about what the other person was trying to say by not multitasking on their phone. People would stop sending wordless Snap Chats of their faces to their friends online, and they would realize when they have a true friend sitting right in front of them trying to talk. Finally, people would begin to understand that there is more to this world than…social media…

Just something to think about.

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12 thoughts on “Social Media

  1. It is so true, isn’t it, Maysa? I refrained from getting a phone that had internet access until just a few months ago. But my really old cell phone died so I had no choice. However, when I am out, I rarely use it for that. I go to the library and book stores, museums, and do other stuff. I totally agree with you! Maybe you can be a pioneer in your generation to try and help other kids get back to real face-to-face conversation! 🙂

  2. This was a great post 😀 I totally agree! People actually get lonelier by just communicating through social media. People need real human interaction.
    Let’s get that started! 😛
    Lydia ❤

  3. I feel so torn with social media, but after experimenting with the pros and cons of being virtually connected to everyone I know through social sites, I ended it all and am sticking to blogging. Those sites are designed to take away all free time, kill self esteem, shatter contentment, and sever relationships – and yet it looks so tempting! I used to love scrolling down beautiful Instragram profiles, and Twitter can be very informative, and all those games on Facebook … but at the root of it all, I don’t like what it does to people. I long to live in a time when people interact with others face-to-face – not through words on a screen.

    Thank you for writing this, Maysa! ❤

  4. I can see where you’re coming from but I cannot entirely agree. You’re right about people being better off listening to each other rather than checking Facebook (I’m from that generation, haha). And it really is very annoying when you’re trying to talk to someone and they just keep staring into the phone. Then again, I’m an introvert and social media has allowed me to connect with people in a way that was much less difficult than just walking up to someone and talking to them. It also has the power to conect people from all over the world, for better or worse. There are awful posts and pages and people out there, but there are also wonderful communities like Humans of New York.

    I believe social media as a concept is neither inherently good nor inherently evil. It just is. It all depends on how (and yes, whether) we use it. I certainly advocate for using it _in moderation_. I know that is difficult for many people, perhaps especially teens.
    If you don’t like social media, not using it is also perfectly fine and shouldn’t cause your friends any outrage. Neither should you judge them for using it. (Okay, maybe a little, if they really overdo it! 😉 ) You can also involve people in a conversation about this. Maybe they can tell you what they like about it so much and you can tell them what you don’t like… and you’ll be talking face to face that whole time.

    1. Wow, I guess you have a good point too. It was really interesting to read your side of this, and I loved hearing why you find the usage important in your life! I might, eventually, talk to a few of my friends and hear their honest opinions about why they use it. That is actually a very great idea, because it would open a few doors of understanding and patience. 🙂

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