I was born in 1997. This means that I have grown up with the most powerful technology. My kindergarten classroom had Apple computers. So you could say that since about day one I have had the advantage of using the internet whenever I wanted.
You might think that this is a good thing. I have been exposed to so many different resources that past generations never could be. I have the option to know what is going on in about anywhere in the world at any point of the day. Who wouldn’t want this type of power at their fingertips?
My parents recently were talking to my brother and myself about how my generation has it so easy. How when they grew up they actually had to read books. If someone wasn’t at home then realistically no one knew where they were. We have tutorials on how to learn millions of things and can meet new people from all over the world online. How their generation had to go out of their way to hang out with their friends.
My brother and I had the same reaction. We both thought that the time when my parents grew up in the 70s actually sounded a lot easier than today. Today we almost know too much about other people. Honestly, I would rather have to go out of my way to see my friends. When you see their posts on Instagram and Facebook you feel like you know what they are up to. If you're not that close of friends then there's no need to hang out with them. You can see what they are doing just by logging onto the computer.
So much of my generation is wasting away their days surfing the internet and updating their profiles. I even see my own friends literally getting mad when they don’t reach a certain number of Instagram likes. Taking pictures down because they “weren’t good enough”. What does that even mean? Who cares how many likes you get and Facebook friends you have? I can guarantee that all 600 of them aren’t really my friends.
There is no mystery to people's lives anymore. You don’t have to wonder how someone's life turned out. Plus, when actually do see someone you haven’t seen in awhile, is there anything new to talk about. I already saw the 50 pictures you posted from your vacation. No need to tell me much about it.
I have my closest friends locations on my phone at all times. I don’t need to even text them anymore to see where they are at. Drop a pin and I'll meet you there. It’s actually very creepy how much we know about each other without really knowing each other.
I think that growing up in times like the 70s definitely had their benefits. You didn’t have to worry about how many like you got on a pictured you filtered 3 times. You actually wanted to get to know someone because you couldn’t just stalk them online. Things were different. Relationships were different.I dare you to try and live like back in the day for awhile. Log off and go see real people. Stop sharing your location. They don’t need to know your every move. Think about how much good the internet is actually doing for you.