Are We Too Reliant On Social Media?
Hands up who loves social media? 95% of you? Yeah, thought so!
We’ve come along way since the days of Bebo, MSN and Myspace on a 56kbps dial up connection (that’s really really heart meltingly slow for anyone that didn’t have the joyous experience of the infamous modem screech). I love being able to mindlessly refresh my feeds at any given moment because of some kind of uncontrollable urge inside of me that NEEDS to know what useless and annoying shit my Facebook friends have done in the past 5 minutes just so I can go on twitter to moan about how much mundane rubbish litters the street there all for the sake of a favourite on my tweet so I can feel mildly important or influential. I know I’m not the only one. Come on, own up. Who does something similar (if not the exact same thing)?!
Let’s ask ourselves a question now, are we too reliant on social media?
No? Take a week off from it and tell me how you feel after. You back with us now? Awesome, skin start crawling a few hours in? Mind start racing with the thoughts of stuff everyone hasn’t been doing? Feel like you might murder someone because you can’t tweet about that dead mouse you saw out the back of your local joint? It’s brilliant, right?
Now we’ve established that as a majority we’re probably a little bit too reliant on social media and its many pulls of share this, like that, rate me, dm a number for an honest opinion on your whole entity as a person based on your avi alone etc. I compared this reliance to a heroin addiction not all that long ago and, if you think about it, it’s kinda true isn’t it? Although we (probably) wouldn’t steal or kill to ensure our next fix of fake social gratification.
Let’s be real for a minute. Social media has turned us into an antisocial generation. I can safely say I spend more time looking at a screen than I do an actual human face. We’re living in an all encapsulating handheld bubble set to cruise control.
How do you feel about our need to feel connected and updated at every possible moment? Let us know in the comments below!