This morning, I woke up to 4 Facebook notifications, 18 snapchat stories, 3 favorites on twitter, and 9 likes on instagram. I honestly felt proud. I felt as if I had accomplished something while I was sleeping, when in reality, I did nothing. This got me thinking, why does my generation obsess over how much attention we get online? Why do we care how many likes our pictures get or how many retweets and favorites we can get? Its almost as if we need everyone’s approval as to what we are doing every second of our life.
Social media has taken over our life. We are constantly updating our status, posting pictures, surfing the web, recording 6 second videos, and writing 140 character posts. The thing we don’t realize, is that we are slowly becoming more and more unaware of what is actually going on around us. Social media has caused us to become easily distracted, lose self respect, change our standards for friendship, and more!
Having friends is a very important part of being a living human being. Friends are the people we tell everything to and they still support us. However, social media is changing the way we socialize. We have the ability to get in touch with anyone and everyone in a matter of seconds; whether it be via text, Facebook, twitter, etc. With this being said, we are always communicating with each other. This means that when we are actually face-to-face with someone, we have nothing to talk about because we have already shared this information in a tweet or through text messages. And even when we are with a friend, they spend half their time staring down at their phone texting someone else who isn’t there, or scrolling through social media.
Another problem is our attention span. We all expect everything to be their at a moments notice. Our attention span is literally less than a goldfish. Ask a teenager when the last time they sat down and read a long article without being easily distracted. Actually, in the time it takes you to ask, they have probably gotten distracted and moved onto something else. We are all getting so used to reading short tweets and Facebook statuses and having everything simplified down for us to easily understand that when we have to actually read something, we give up.
So, my point is: Slow down, turn off the gadgets, and talk to someone face-to-face. Take a look around you and see the beauty in life. Read a book, hike a mountain, go get coffee with a friend, something! Just disconnect for awhile and enjoy what life has to offer.