Point of View
Social Media The Little Devil You Are
By Trevor Roberts
Jan 30, 2013 - 10:33:47 AM

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UNITED STATES—I was at a loss for words earlier this week as I read a story about the harm of social media to our social interaction skills. I have been arguing this issue for weeks, yet no one wants to listen to me. It’s not just an issue for teens, but adults and even now we have young kids getting hooked on the social media craze.  I’m sorry, but forgive me what four year-old needs an iPad? Precisely, they don’t, but in the world we live in now, technology is beginning to rule everything. 

 

I was at work the other day, and we have a policy against the use of cell phones on the company floor; really doesn’t matter because everyone seems to use their phones anyone. I just looked around it was shortly after 8 a.m. and I noticed another colleague in his early 20s texting away. I thought to myself who in the world could you be texting this early in the morning and what could be that important? I wanted to ask that question directly, but I refrained from doing so as I didn’t want to be rude.

 

But the more that I think about it, we use technology because we don’t want to communicate with others. We have no care to carry a meaningful conversation with someone else. On top of that, some of us wouldn’t even know how to engage someone in a conversation if our life depended on it.  It’s likely to revolve around the scope of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr or some other irrelevant social network site. What if those sites vanished tomorrow?  What would some of us do? I will be the first to admit it, I use Facebook and Twitter, they are great tools for a reporter to contact sources for a story, but to also obtain pictures for your story.

 

Beyond that point you’d never see me use the sites to stay in communication with people. I rather talk to people face to face. I even hate speaking to people on the phone, it’s not as personable as having a conversation where you can actually see the person and observe non-verbal cues indicating where the conversation is going.

 

Some even pointed to me that I need to upgrade my phone and I said, “For what reason?” Their response, “Your phone is not up to date compared to others.”  I responded, “I prefer to be a leader not a follower.” Why should I conform to the traditional demands of society just because everyone else is doing so? That’s our problem as a society, so few of us are willing to go against the norm. Screw what everyone else is doing, do what makes you happy. 

 

I would really enjoy seeing the social media realm go black for one-day, and I mean BLACK. No Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr, NO INTERNET! I know it would probably have an effect on my job, but I think it would be a reality check to us all; we’re damaging our social skills by not interacting with one another, the way we should be. It’s hurting our children because they’re growing up in an era where they think its okay to be online all day and night. We think its okay to constantly check our phones when we’re on a date or attempting to have a conversation with someone else. 

 

The social media outlet does indeed have its perks, but mark my word if we do not change our ways of how we incorporate social media into our lives it will do more harm to us as human beings than we could ever imagine.



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