Growing up in an era where you can track your friends, view parties through snap chat stories, and create an entire persona digitally has shaped the way we think and live.
Listening to my parents tell stories about how they grew up, couldn't be further from how kids today spend their summer days. We've all heard our parents complain about how we are on our phones too much and you never see kids playing outside anymore, it's sad that it's true.
It scares me to think about how the next generation of kids are going to be because right now we are already faced with countless cyberbullying cases, mental illnesses rising, and obesity amongst young kids. Having grown up when social media in its toddler stage, I don't feel that it has the same effect that it does on kids born in the '00s.
The smallest of things like texting 'here' when you get to a friends house rather than going to the door or honking. Sitting at lunch with friends you feel that undeniable urge to check your phone. Using your phone as a buffer when a situation gets awkward.
Dating has changed, and with the rise of online dating, there is less of a need to go up to someone you like if you can just message them a funny gif to break the ice because talking face to face is too intimidating.
Don't want to leave your house to get food? No problem, have it delivered to your house. Want to break up with someone? Do it over text.
Human interaction is becoming an option; it's becoming something we can avoid. Granted, technology has helped to accomplish amazing things but it is swallowing our social lives and how we live day to day.