Retweets and double taps.

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.

14 thoughts on “Retweets and double taps.

  1. As a teenager, this hits close to home. I never thought about it but i do measure happiness in the number of followers, likes, and snap chats I have. Social media has shrunk my ability to become happy to these quantifiable numbers that mean nothing. I have been trying to talk to my best friend on the phone for the last two days and she said she’s busy, so we just type back and forth. Come to think about it, all we talk about is social media, who posted what, who followed who. What happened to the real stuff? You’re absolutely right with the message you’re giving and maybe the next time I log onto Twitter, I’ll remember this and go read a book. I can’t wait to read more! If you’d like, check out my blog as well.

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  2. It’s really sad. I was talking to a colleague (I work in mental health) and was asking her opinion about an increase in severity of mental health, and in her opinion, people are getting worse as they rely on social media as their only social outlet. People don’t learn how to interact and communicate effectively because it’s easier to hide within the world of the internet. I know I am so guilty of being on the internet too much.

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  3. I like the way you think. I never get it, when I am in a cafe or restaurant with a friend, I’ll look over at other tables and the people aren’t talking to one another. They are looking at their phones. It’s crazy. If I was with someone who didn’t put away their phone, I’d probably let them know that I have better things to do than watch them text (or whatever), and then I’d go find something else to do.

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  4. I totally agree and although like MichaelBencik pointed out we are using social media to read your blog it does make you think. Like most things in life….moderation is key. I know by biggest pet peeve is when someone can’t put down their phone. I have been at a restaurant when the server was trying to take an order and the customers couldn’t get off the phone. Then they all continued to be on the phones rather than talking to each other. A lot of work places are banning the use of cell phones as it is lowering productivity and causing inattentiveness.

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  5. It’s so true, so on weekends. I’m always on my phone or laptop. So every weekend my boyfriend and I will leave our phones at home to enjoy the world. Well one of us brings that phone because that’s so living on the edge without one these days. ahhaha. Good post!

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  6. I’m a teen, as well, and I really have to say that this post is really so true…I think, honestly, that the issue in most other teens is that they are afraid that if they don’t spend their entire life on social media, then they’ll miss out on something “important”. What most of them don’t see is that by spending so much time online, they are missing out on what’s really important. It’s sad, because more and more friends of mine have stopped wanting to go out and do fun things because they are so caught up on being online. And when we actually hang out, they always bring their iPhones and spend the whole time snapchatting and texting people who aren’t there instead of enjoying the time they have with the people who actually ARE there. I wish there were more people like you and me who actually see that being “connected” 24/7 isn’t everything in life. thanks for this post. Your blog is one of my all time favorites.
    ~Emma Dun

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  7. I really like this! I’m in my late 20s, so social media wasn’t as much a thing when I was a teenager. It’s sad, because I can remember when I had to communicate with my friends, and now I have friends that I haven’t actually spoken to in years. I actually wrote my Master’s thesis on the opportunities social networking opens up to us (like how we are all able to have this discussion, even though we’re in different parts of the world). But, there are also so many negatives. A very thought provoking post!

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