If I asked an entire classroom full of college students who had any social media accounts, I can guarantee that most of them would raise their hands. Going beyond that, most of those students would probably check yes to having multiple accounts as well. Our entire generation is the social networking generation. Everything we do is behind a screen. Social media gives us a way communicate quickly and efficiently with one another. I am the first one to admit, I’m on my phone all of the time. I constantly refresh my Twitter feed and Instagram is pretty much my life. Like most people my age, I view my accounts as a representation of who I am. But how much is too much?
Yes having access to everything at your fingertips is great, but there are some serious drawbacks to the way our generation perceives life with social media now. We’re losing sight of who we are as people and instead creating fake (edited) bubbles behind screens. Face to face confrontation is a way of the past. Instead, “subtweeting” is a way to rip someone to shreds while involving other irrelevant parties. Guys and girls don’t ask each other out on dates anymore. Instead, we “DM” each other which turns into “talking”; the fancy way of saying you don’t want to commit. Going even further than that, our confidence level is based off of the amount of likes we get on a photo! Taking a step back, that sounds ridiculous, but it’s the truth.So yes, social media can be beneficial at times, but I truly believe it’s hurting our generation more than we think.