Is Social Media Making Us Less Social?

Is Social Media Making Us Less Social?

Since the introduction of social media into our everyday lives, we have become addicted and obsessed... Is this having a negative impact on our lives?


In 2004, Facebook was released to the public. In 2007, the first iPhone came out. And in 2010, snapchat was created. Since then, we have only moved forward, using our phones and social media more and more every day. It is now estimated that the global average for time spent on social media each day by a single person is nearly two hours. In total that is over 5 years of time spent on social media during the average lifespan.

We have evolved into a world where technology is the basis for everything. We no longer need to go to the library, we can just look it up on our computers. No need to travel, because we have virtual reality glasses. Why spend the money on traveling, when, for a fraction of the cost, you walk down the streets of Rome from the comforts of your own living room? We believe that we are so smart because we have a wealth of information at our fingertips, and yet we know hardly anything about the people around us. Often, we know little more than the names of the we see every day at work, at school, on campus. We have become so detached from human contact and relationships.

We spend so much time on Facebook, and yet we hardly ever talk to one another face to face. We don't know the names of the elements on the periodic table, but we can name every one of Angelina Jolie's children, because we obviously follow them on Instagram… right? We spend all this time on social media, but we don't really understand what it means to be social. We no longer count the friends we talk to on a daily basis, rather we recite how many friends we have on Facebook, how many followers our Instagram pages have, and how many retweets we get on a daily basis. We have slowly lost the trait that makes us most human, our humanity; Our ability to build relationships.

Depression rates are among the highest they have ever been. Society has created this idea that if you are not happy something is wrong with you. We see people smiling and "living their best lives," on Instagram every day, and this has created a distorted idea of what life truly looks like. Between 2005 and 2014, the percentage of teens who reported having a major depressive episode in the past year increased from 8.7 percent to 11.3 percent. The number of reported cases of ADD have also risen over the past few years as social media and a need for constant amusement has increased. As reported by the CDC, an estimated two million more children were reported as having an Attention Deficit disorder in 2011 than in 2003. We are no longer allowed to be sad, to have bad days, be bored, and if we are, well obviously there's something wrong with us. And so, we over medicate, over amuse, and overrun ourselves.

We think that if I get "____ many likes" on my Instagram photo, everything will be all right. But then same nasty backhanded comment rolls in and you let yourself believe that you are worthless. Why? Because someone you hardly know is hiding behind a keyboard trying to take down your self-esteem in an attempt to feel better about themselves. I won't take it. Letting yourself be brought down by others who are so terribly upset with themselves, so they try to bring you down with them is ridiculous. Your worth is not defined by your social media. It is not defined by what others think of you. And it sure as hell is not defined by what people think of your social media accounts.

Sure, technology has brought great things to society. It has brought many medical advancements, it has connected us to people half way around the world, it has helped to build infrastructure and security. However, it has also segmented society into a world of individuals. Each one of us standing alone and facing a vast world without the backing of family and community that we both desire and require.

I was once told that life is a team sport, and we need continual encouragement to make it through. It's really hard to be your own hype-person. Have you ever looked in the mirror and tried to encourage yourself? Maybe is goes along the lines of; "Yeah Belle, today is your day, you are amazing, you are confident, and you are strong." And maybe it works for a day, possibly even two, but without the encouragement and support of community, family, and friends, life becomes dreary and destitute.

Christian louse Lang once said "technology is a useful servant, but a dangerous master"

Technology has fueled society and brought many great advancements, but it has also slowly stripped away our humanity. We need to take a break from our phones, stop scrolling through Instagram and comparing ourselves, and try building relationships with the people around us, because if we can't do this, then we will continue to lose our humanity and ability to build meaningful relationships. And if we allow ourselves to lose our humanity, then what is the point of being human?

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10 Rappers Whose Lyrics Will Take Your Instagram Captions To The Next Level

Make your life easy by choosing a caption that's already been written for you.


Finding the perfect caption for you Instagram post is something everyone struggles with. On the contrary, the best rappers in the industry right now seem to have no problem with it. Whether it be Cardi B or Kanye West, you can always count on fire captions. Taken from the rappers themselves, here are the best rap lyrics for Instagram captions.

1. Travis Scott

Travis Scott album cover

  • "It's summertime, why they tryna throw shade?"
  • "Rollin' rollin' rollin' got me stargazin'"
  • "I got 'em stage diving out the nosebleeds"
  • "Anything can happen at the night show"
  • "This right here is astronomical"
  • "Valet park when I pull up in the ride"
  • "Pick up the phone, baby, I know you're home, baby"
  • "Oh my, what a wonderful time"
  • "She said 'where we goin?' I said 'the moon'"
  • "I been up sleepless late nights"
  • 2. Migos

    Migos II

    • "Walk it like I talk it"
    • "In the kitchen wrist moving like a stir fry"
    • "Put my mind on it, put my grind on it"
    • "We live like sopranos"
    • "Diamonds on my wrist stay drippin"
    • "Addin' up checks, no minus"
    • "I can buy that car, I know that you can't"
    • "No human being, I'm immortal"
    • "Walk in the buildin', they start applaudin'"
    • "Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace"

    3. Cardi B

    Cardi B be careful

    • "I like texts from my exes when they want a second chance"
    • "I went from dollar bills, now poppin' rubber bands"
    • "Why would I hop in some beef? When I could just hop in the Porsche"
    • "You know where I'm at, you know where I be"
    • "These expensive, these is red bottoms"
    • "I don't dance now, I make money moves"
    • "It's not a threat it's a warning, be careful with me"
    • "Poured out my whole heart to a piece of sh*t"
    • "Karma for you is gon' be who you end up with"

    4. Drake


    • "This a Rollie, not a stopwatch, sh*t don't ever stop"
    • "I only love my bed and my mama I'm sorry"
    • "I get it how I live it, I live it how I get it"
    • "No new friends"
    • "Drinking every night because we drink to my accomplishments"
    • "This sh*t got me in my feelings"
    • "With your phone out, gotta hit them angles"
    • "My ex asked me, 'Where you movin'?' I said, 'On to better things'"
    • "My team good, we don't really need a mascot"
    • "Got new money, got new problems, got new enemies"

    5. Nicki Minaj

    Nicki Minaj

    • "Imma keep it moving, be classy and graceful"
    • "In my kingdom, with my Timbs on"
    • "Uh, yo, watch your man, then you should watch your mouth"
    • "At least you took an L off your bucket list"
    • "Defend my honor, protect my pride"
    • "But to live doesn't mean you're alive"
    • "She just mad 'cause he never bought her ice like me"
    • "I fly with the stars in the skies"
    • "They paintin' me out to be the bad guy"
    • "All these b*tches is my sons"

    6. Mac Miller

    Mac Miller

    • "My regrets look just like a text I shouldn't send"
    • "Driving with my eyes close, missing all the signs"
    • "I'm a monster with the heart of a lion, divide and conquer"
    • "I got a bone to pick like roses"
    • "I'll do anything for a way out of my head"
    • "Your love is not too kind to me"
    • "Yeah, I got a bad attitude"
    • "No matter where life takes me, find me with a smile"
    • "Imma give you what you came for"
    • "I don't know 'bout you, but me, I'm important, I'm so gorgeous"

    7. A$AP Rocky 

    A$AP Rocky

    • "Same shit, different day"
    • "I got three phones: business, conversation, and relation"
    • "What the face say to the fist?"
    • "I look for ways to say 'I love you', but I ain't into makin' love songs"
    • "Paranoia got me losing all my z's"
    • "Make no mistakes, it's all a leap of faith for love"
    • "She ain't a stranger to the city life"
    • "Can't forget that I'm golden, can't forget where I'm going"
    • "Riding by the rules, I'll abide by it soon"
    • "Ain't a killer so don't kill the vibe"

    8. Kanye West

    Kanye West

    • "Yeah u so mother thick"
    • "Ball so hard, let's get faded"
    • "That sh*t cray"
    • "I'm tripping off the power"
    • "All of my kindness, is taken for weakness"
    • "I'm lookin' for the one have you seen her?"
    • "Don't let me get in my zone"
    • "Let's get lost tonight"
    • "Sun don't shine in the shade, bird can't fly in a cage"
    • "Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud"
    • "No you're not perfect but you're not your mistakes"

    9. A$AP Ferg

    A$AP Ferg

    • "Gucci down to the socks"
    • "My jewelry glistening why I'm always chilly"
    • "I'm a one night savage"
    • "Put in work, put 'em in the dirt"
    • "Fergy be mobbin' all day"
    • "Ferg is the name"
    • "I'm on a new level"
    • "Don't pray for me pray for the weak"
    • "I was only 8 years old, watching Nick at Nite"
    • "I was fly like a bird"

    10. Lil Wayne 

    Lil Wayne

    • "Real G's move in silence like lasagna"
    • "I speak the truth but I guess that's a foreign language to y'all"
    • "Okay you're a goon, but what's a goon to a goblin?"
    • "I got some weight on my shoulders, to me it's like feathers"
    • "I am more animal than the zoo allow"
    • "Money talks, bullsh*t walks"
    • "Every night's a long night, every day's a holiday"
    • "I'm a cool cat, but I'm on life nine"
    • "Haters can't see me, nose bleed seats"

    No matter what the occasion, it's always good to have creative Instagram captions on hand. Nobody knows how to make clever captions than rappers themselves. Whether you need creative caption for throwing shade at someone, or you have used only emojis for your past 5 Instagram pictures, rap lyrics make the perfect caption.

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    Don't Be Scared To Unfollow People That Are Toxic To Your Wellbeing

    Learn to let it go.


    Social Media. In literal means, two simple words that make our modern world go round. As if social media wasn't already toxic enough by putting unrealistic pressure to look like someone who doesn't even look like they do in their pictures; imagine voluntarily following pages that make you feel bad on the inside. Sadly, this is an action I admit being guilty of committing and I am pretty sure a lot of you out there, do too. Even indirectly.

    In the past, I have been a person that has wanted to adopt a 'mature' mindset and as a result, I have just kept unnecessary burdens on myself. Think about that person who you distanced yourself from because they were either toxic or simply not a positive addition to your life. Maybe you became really close to a human being at one time and they ended up betraying you in ways you never thought of being possible. Maybe you did not go through all of this but everyone has been through a friendship breakup once in their lives.

    The real question is if you cut off a person from your life, wouldn't it be logical to cut them off from your virtual space as well? This is a question that took me long to figure out since I have always thought that being "the bigger person" in an argument would just mean not unfollowing the people who did me wrong. I used to consider that those who were immature were the human beings that actually took the time off their day just to delete a person who brought them a bad memory. In my past mindset, keeping those people who weren't present in my life anymore would be the right answer until I saw how it affected my mental health.

    After observing how much of my day would be ruined by seeing the name of a person who did me wrong in my social media, I realized that I was the only one to blame by putting myself through that needless torture. In the past, people who I have had beef with have unfriended and even unfollowed me and now their actions which I saw as immature before, I see them in a heroic light. The truth is, why would you want to keep someone who does not like your posts, or simply has you in their followers' list just to criticize every move you make? The whole thing process is very petty if you think about it and you would be surprised how many people still do this. Therefore, I want to motivate others to not commit my same mistake of holding on to toxic people just for the fear of being seen as childish.

    Once you let that fear go, and remove those people off your timeline, trust me, it will feel liberating. Remember that what you see virtually is what you breathe in. Focus on the people who truly love you unconditionally, uplift your mood and fill you with positive vibes. Once you stop living under the shadow of society and become selfish with your mental energy, things will change for the better. You have to learn to let go.

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