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Social Media Has Made Us Far​ Less Social

For the love of God, please put you're phone down when I'm talking to you.


In a day and age where technology infests every aspect of our daily lives, it's hard not to get lost in the connection. Now, more than ever, easy communication has united every corner of the Earth through the convenient touch of our fingertips. So much so, that even real life seems to appear as a digitalized mirage. It's no secret that social media has driven us farther apart in real life, but what future of face to face interactions looks dim if we continue to allow our devices to control everything we do.

Every time I go out to a party or "social" gathering with my friends, the same theme is always repeated. Music, lights, food, drinks, and people are always present, however, over half of the party is on their phones. Ironic, too, because these events are essentially held to bring groups of people together - at least they are supposed to. Not to mention, the overall vibe starts to get a little awkward after a while of the only sounds being of music and profuse thumb-tapping. I mean, how are you supposed to break that ice?

At the same time, our daily dialogue has only gotten, at best, divided attention. I can recall several instances in which I am telling a friend a story, or having a conversation with someone and after two minutes or so they will look down at their phone and check through their social media. All the while, I am still talking, only to notice this out of the corner of my eye and pretend to be okay with it because it's simply something people do.

The same thing is to be said about pretty much anything we used to consider a face-to-face encounter. Going out to eat, hanging out, concerts, school, and unfortunately, even driving. And at a point, it starts to become simply rude. Naturally, you would assume the rules of social etiquette have no expiration date, however, that is not the case. Apparently, they are merely altered to fit the conventions of the society in its present state. But how long can that go on until we have no humanity left?

As a society, we are so preoccupied with maintaining an online image, that we have completely lost sight of who we are to the core. We are humans (obviously), but every indication of the human experience has started to diminish. Our emotions, opinions, desires, and personalities have become as superficial as our online profiles and we have become engulfed in a world of fabricated networks.

I may sound like a hypocrite saying this, as you may be reading it according to a link I shared on one of my own social media profiles. And don't get me wrong, there are really a lot of upsides to having social media in our lives. And, if it weren't for Odyssey, I wouldn't even be able to share this idea in the first place. In its essence, it's both a blessing and a curse. Nonetheless, though, it has consumed who we are at an alarming rate, and it only seems to be expanding exponentially.

But the difference lies in how you utilize it. I like to think when in public, and other than switching the song I have on, I stay off my phone. I was always taught to put it in my back pocket or away when I went out to eat. I would never even think to look at it when I'm having a conversation with other people either because I absolutely despise when it happens to me. Other than when I'm alone or checking my email, I hardly ever take it out when in the company of other people. Sometimes I even feel foolish to expect someone to do the same because obviously, the newest text notification is more important than anything I could ever have to say.

Social media in and of itself is not social at all. It's all a facade, and that has translated into real life.

However, if we want to maintain our humanity we have to come to this realization unanimously, and actually, do something to change it. Real life shouldn't be as awkward, delayed, and superficial as it has become. If everyone before our generation was able to get through life without the social connection we have now, then how come we can't do it? We can save ourselves for now, but we only have so long until we know nothing about each other.

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    4. Eat ice cream
    5. Bake a cake
    6. Cry just a little bit
    7. Knit a blanket
    8. Learn to ride a bike
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    11. Watch any game
    12. Play with my hair
    13. Dye my hair
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    15. Learn to crochet
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    17. Drive cross country
    18. Take a bubble bath
    19. Squeeze lemons for lemonade
    20. Sell the lemonade
    21. Make heart-shaped ice cubes
    22. Moisturize my knees
    23. Paint my nails
    24. Find the cure for cancer
    25. Run a marathon
    26. Just kidding, run down the hall
    27. Squat my bodyweight
    28. Eat my bodyweight in French fries
    29. Hibernate until Christmas
    30. Cuddle my body pillow (unless you have a boo)
    31. Think about all the work I’m not doing
    32. Wash my bed sheets
    33. Vacuum my apartment
    34. Play mini golf
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    37. Sing like I’m about to win American Idol
    38. Blow up balloons
    39. Pop the balloons
    40. Make lists
    41. Write an Odyssey article
    42. Pet a puppy
    43. Adopt a puppy
    44. Pay my rent
    45. Order a pizza
    46. Start a garden
    47. Cook a turkey
    48. Find new music
    49. Clean my waffle iron
    50. Learn to make jam
    51. Jam to music
    52. Play scrabble
    53. Volunteer anywhere
    54. Celebrate a birthday
    55. Watch a makeup tutorial I’ll never use
    56. Go through old pictures on my phone
    57. Make a playlist
    58. Take a shower
    59. Clean my room
    60. Curl my hair
    61. Climb a rock wall
    62. Get a massage
    63. Play with Snapchat filters
    64. Roast a chicken
    65. Go fishing
    66. Chug some Snapple
    67. Ride in a cart around Walmart
    68. Count the days until the semester is over
    69. Overthink about my future
    70. Think of my future baby’s names
    71. Pin everything on Pinterest
    72. Text anybody
    73. Pray about life
    74. Watch a sunset
    75. Watch a sunrise
    76. Have a picnic
    77. Read a book (that’s not for school)
    78. Go to a bakery
    79. Snuggle a bunny
    80. Clean my apartment
    81. Wash my dishes
    82. Rearrange my furniture
    83. Physically run away from my problems
    84. Make some meatballs
    85. Learn to make bread
    86. Google myself
    87. Ride a Ferris wheel
    88. Get stuck on a Ferris wheel (that way, it’s not my fault I’m not studying)
    89. Wash my car
    90. Get on a plane to Neverland
    91. Find Narnia in my closet
    92. Jump on a trampoline
    93. Learn to ice skate
    94. Go rollerblading
    95. Ride a rollercoaster
    96. Carve a pumpkin
    97. Restore water in a third world country
    98. FaceTime my family
    99. Hug my mom
    100. Tell my friends I love them

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