Ah, Social Media. These platforms allow us to communicate with user from across the globe, reconnect with old friends, and even help advertise your own business. These are just some of the great things you can do on Social Media Sites. But at what point does it become a distraction from socializing in real life?
To understand the irony of this phenomenon, we must analyse what exactly social media means and what it was intended to accomplish. The “social” part refers to the interaction of people by sharing and receiving information between one another. The “media” part refers to the the format this information takes such as the Internet, Television, and even newspapers. After the end of the 20th century, the term social media became attached to websites and apps that allowed users to post pictures, videos, and writing online for others to see.
Now, I’m not saying that all Social Media is making us anti-social. There are many benefits to this technology. However, too much of something can sometimes be unhealthy. So many of us, especially teenagers, have grown up with smartphones and access to these apps. It’s so easy to just to text a friend and chat, instead of actually getting together and speak in person. That makes us less likely to take risks and make new friends, or go out and experience something new.
Honestly, some of the best experiences in my life have been with friends at summer camp, going to concerts with my father, and traveling with my family. During most of these experiences, I didn’t have access to social media. However, I still had so much fun connecting with my friends and family. Now, living on my own in college, I’ve spent a far more time on social media in my spare time. To no surprise, I’ve noticed my disconnect with older friends, and even my family. I still message them (using social media of course), but it’s just not the same as physically interacting with them.
What I’m trying to say, is that it’s important to enjoy the real life experiences and take a break from staring at a screen every now and then. When it comes down to it, you need to think about the most important parts of your life. You only get one, so make the most of it.