Social Media As Told By A Millenial
Let’s be the generation to reduce the usage of social media!
It’s Friday night and a college student is preparing to go to the city to celebrate the semester ending. She bought a romper she has been waiting to wear and spent the past hour doing her hair and makeup. The time comes where she has herself put together and realizes that she hasn’t posted on social media today. She whips out her phone, spending five minutes going back and forth between Snapchat filters unable to decide whether the dog, crown or bunny best suits her. Eventually, she settles with the ever so popular dog filter and sends it to her top Snap friends and story.
As if Snapchat seeing her dolled up was not enough, she proceeds to take a selfie to post on Instagram. Valencia? Is that a good filter? No, not Valencia. It makes me look too orange. Oh, how about Amaro? No, not that either. Now I’m too pale. Well, Nashville looks okay, it gives the picture a vintage-like look.
The night continues on and she winds up at the bar where all of her friends are meeting up. Before stepping out of her Uber she checks in to the location on Facebook. She parties through the night and meets a few people, adds them on social media and gets home. After taking her makeup off, changing into some sweats and a hoodie and getting into bed, she scrolls through her phone to see what she has missed in the past few hours. She ends her night by posting pictures and making a tweet about how much fun she had.
Social media has increasingly become a platform for individuals to share memories, post pictures and stay in technological contact with friends and family.
There are many constructive uses, but there are also some downsides to the rapidly expanding world of social media. When you walk into a restaurant, it is inevitable that you will see at least a handful of people on their phones. Car accidents occur daily due to the distractions that phones cause. The use of these platforms has simply become routine.
I will admit that I have succumbed to all that is involved with social media.
I check my Facebook hourly. Every other day or so, Snaps are sent to my story and I have over 400 pictures on my Instagram account. While I regularly partake in social media, I don’t depend on it, and I could very easily live without it. Life should not be dictated by how many likes you are receiving on your pictures, who is watching your Snapchat story or who is adding you on Facebook. It is unfortunate that social media has become an obsession. Instead of going outside and playing until the sun goes down, children are sitting inside on their phones.
Life should not be dictated by how many likes you are receiving on your pictures, who is watching your Snapchat story or who is adding you on Facebook. It is unfortunate that social media has become an obsession. Instead of going outside and playing until the sun goes down, children are sitting inside on their parents’ tablets. What good are they gaining from that? It is quite distressing to think about.
While the advancements of social media have exponentially enlarged, opening up the door to many opportunities, humans once survived perfectly fine without it.
I am not saying to get on your phone, computer, tablet, etc. right now and delete all the apps you have. I am saying it would benefit our minds if we began to limit our everyday usage of these addicting apps. It is safe to say that many Millennials have found safe havens in their phones, and I believe the world would not stop spinning if we decided to be the generation to reduce the usage of social media.