Social Media Isn't Making Us Social At All
Start writing a post

Social Media Isn't Making Us Social At All

In fact its making us the complete opposite

Social Media Isn't Making Us Social At All

Sorry, before I even start this article let me check my Instagram for a second. Oh okay, now that I've reached an acceptable amount of likes on my latest post, I can starting writing. Phew, if I didn't make it past 200 likes on that picture I would've been totally annoyed and probably deleted it.

That right there is society today. LITERALLY.

We are so consumed by social media that we forget how to even be social, and that isn't socially acceptable. We are so tuned in to something completely irrelevant. Yes, it feels nice to get likes on pictures or comments, but at the same time, couldn't we express our opinions towards something in person? Oh no. That's too hard. What has this world come to?

I'm sure there are thousands of articles around the world that are written solely to talk down on social media, but I'm ready to stop reading and voice my opinions. In fact, you're not even reading this article in a paper you're reading it online, once again another form of social media.

In this case, social media raises awareness about an issue or shares an opinion which is one of the few benefits of its use. Other than that, we are so worried about the amount likes we get or how popular our page is.

Instead of going out of our way to see old friends or wish someone a happy birthday face-to-face, we simply look online to see how their life is going and within two seconds we can send them a happy birthday wish through Facebook. Sounds easy doesn't it? You don't even have to leave bed and you've already been updated on all the things your friends are doing and you wished a friend miles away a happy birthday. This is exactly the problem. (And yes, I am writing this article from my bed) which is even more related to why social media is slowing down society rapidly.

So instead of texting or liking each others pictures, how about we meet in person (sounds crazy I know), lets express our views verbally in person, instead of hiding behind a phone. Now of course I sound hypocritical because I'm typing this on my laptop and checking my phone for Instagram likes, which isn't harmful, but if we choose to stay in bed, and wish that happy birthday through Facebook instead of getting out to do it in person, then it is harmful.

We cannot let social media control us. We need to be able to maintain being social, while being able to use social media to further that communication. You are a person for a reason, not a robot, take advantage of that, get off your cell phone and get out. The only one stopping you is yourself (and your phone.)

Okay, rant over.

Thanks for listening. Maybe after you've read this you'll drop your phone (not literally) and go spend some time with loved ones. Or you can just text them. Your choice.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments