Has Social Media Made Us More or Less Social?
August 30, 2018
It’s Called Social Media for a Reason
Living in the digital age with amazing advancements in technology comes with huge advantages. For example, social media allows people from around the world to meet each other who never would have had the chance to meet before. One example is christianmingle.com, a website where single Christians can go to find a date through social media. Social media carries extraordinary political and cultural advantages. Through platforms such as Twitter, thousands of users interact with each other on a daily basis, no matter how far they are geographically. Social media also gives celebrities a platform to talk to their fans. Buzzfeed is another example of a great platform that brings people together with relatable articles and quizzes for the younger generation.
With that said, does that mean that social media is turning its users into internet zombies? Junior Beau Clardy said the following on the subject, “Social media makes it easier for people to find new friends and to hang out easier, since you know who is doing what.” Just because some people in the world have become obsessed with social media does not mean that everybody is anti-social because of it. Social media is a free, open platform that anybody can use to meet new friends and build relationships.
Social Media Creates Social Consequences
It is well known that social media plays a huge role in the social lives of high schoolers nowadays. It is easy to see the positives that social it has brought to this generation, but where does it fall short?
Platforms like Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter thrive on the idea of bringing people together. This may be true, but many of the connections made on social media are not real. It is easy to comment on somebody’s pictures and talk to them over Snapchat, but face to face contact is becoming more difficult. Everyone has heard their parents tell them that they need to get off of their devices, and maybe they have a point. Many students feel that their social accounts need to represent the most perfect parts of their lives. This causes a lot of pressure to be “picture perfect.” Sometimes, it almost feels like a second life that requires work to keep up with. These are some of the main ideas that senior Emma Reynolds expressed when asked about her feelings on social media. Reynolds said, “As an introvert, I don’t like people knowing aspects of my life… [Social media] is basically the polished version of ourselves. With that, teenagers feel pressured to live up to those expectations of everyone else’s ‘best version’ of themselves.”
In no way is social media all bad, but it cannot be the only way that our generation connects. It gives students an outlet that is important when they want to share ideas, aspirations, emotions, and any other messages. Students just need to be able to carry those connections into the real life. Then hopefully, social media will be able to create a stronger generation who is not afraid to express ideas and goals out loud.