Each day in class is a new discussion of social media. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Snapchat, Instagram.
Every year something new comes out, and it’s all the rage…at least for a while. Between watching girls plan a Pinterest wedding during lecture or catching the not-so-covert Snapchatter at the bus stop, I’m starting to get a little worried. How’s this affecting our generation, and more importantly, the younger ones behind us?
I’m not an old sourpuss quite yet. I don’t think our brains are turning to mush or the next generation won’t even have spoken conversations with one another. But at some point, we’ve got to step back.
I’m tired of all the OMGs and people ignoring me because they’re engrossed in a smartphone. And I’m tired of the endless selfies (looking at you, Kim K). In the words of a wise white girl, “I can’t even.”
Social media is great. The ways in which we can connect across the globe are incredible. But while we’re so busy trying to connect to the world, let’s not ignore the world itself. Stay in the know, but also put down the iPhone once in a while. Stop posting Instagram photos of the Grand Canyon and actually BE there. Our generation needs to be innovative, but artificial intelligence can’t be where that innovation ends. We are the ones who created the new technology for social media, and we are the ones with the brains. That kind of power in knowledge is irreplaceable.
You might be thinking that I just sound like a 90s kid reminiscing about good ole dial-up. I’m really not. I’m saying that we should be asking ourselves what we can do with technology, not what technology can do for us.
These concepts are nothing new, but they may sound weird coming from a 21-year-old. I just know there’s a whole wide world out there to experience, and not just on a screen. Trust me, it’s not the end of the world when Snapchat stops showing your best friends or when someone posts an unflattering picture of you.
Life moves on and so will social media.