The Problem With Social Media
Lately, I’ve been thinking quite a lot about social media and the entire idea of it. Social media is pretty odd when you really meditate on the premise of it all. I mean, think about it: Something that can connect millions of people all over the world through news, shares, tweets and likes is one of the easiest things to access known to man. I do not know of one person who doesn’t have some type of social networking outlet.
The other day, I stumbled upon this article that discusses the dangers of social media. Now, I’m not attempting to talk anyone out of being an active participant on social media. I do think that because it is such a big part of our lives, it’s important to look at the pros and cons of it to be sure that we’re becoming the best versions of ourselves possible.
It’s making me lazy in my relationships.
It’s kind of strange — something that is supposed to be used to connect people is really building walls between people who are in relationships. Having a social networking account makes it easy to establish friendships (which is great), but look at it this way: Hanging out with your friends in your dorm room is a lot different than spending three hours on Facebook (guilty).
It’s becoming easier and easier to communicate via the Internet than it is in real life. The sad thing is that as people, we were made to thrive in relationships with others. This means face-to-face contact, not conversations via Snapchat 24/7.
Our social skills are in short supply.
When I was younger, I would always get commended for the strong eye contact I made with everyone I engaged in conversation. I grew up being great at speaking with others, and I loved doing so. I also didn’t have a cell phone or any social networking account until I was 13 and 14 years old.
Have you ever noticed that whenever you go in public, you’ll find more people on their cell phones than having an actual conversation (guilty)? Just think about what you would rather do in a room of people you’ve never met: try to meet others or stay in the safety of your phone? As a generation, we are becoming worse at conversing with others.
I can only read in lists. (Ironic, I know.)
We are so used to scrolling through status updates on Facebook and tweets on Twitter. How many of us just skip over those Facebook posts that are more than four sentences long and mentally comment “seriously?” Studies now show that our attention spans last no longer than 8 seconds. In case any of you don’t know, that’s as long as the attention span of a gold fish.
As a society, we have gotten to the point of only being able to take in information in very short amounts. Maybe this is why it’s so hard to read 50 pages of a book for that quiz in history (and once again, guilty).
What do you think? Should we tone it down with social media, or is it as vital to our lives as we think it is?