I was lucky enough to get my first mobile phone when I was eight years old but it didn’t do me any favors. As much as I appreciate everything that we have, today made me wonder if it’s actually all fun and games … I think not.
Today I was on the train with my boyfriend and the first thing that he did when we sat down was go on Facebook and start scrolling down. When instead we could have had a nice chat about our day. Social media is pulling us out of our lives and it is controlling us when it should be the other way around. Even though social media helps us to connect with people from around the world it pulls us away from people that are close to us and all our close relationships. These are the ways that social media and our phones are screwing with us:
#1 It makes us stupid
If you don’t know how to spell something, you have auto correct. If you don’t know how to get somewhere, you have Google maps. If you don’t know how many people there are in Indonesia, you have Google. We literally have everything served for us on a silver platter and we don’t ever realize it. We don’t even need to use our brains anymore.
#2 It starts unnecessary arguments
Liking photos of opposite isn’t allowed and if you cross that line get ready for an argument. That’s the way that a lot of people think these days and in my opinion it’s ridiculous and it creates unnecessary conflict.
#3 It’s a time waster
This is a major one and we all do it. We know that there’s that very important assignment that we need to finish but it doesn’t give us any satisfaction at that moment so instead we browse through social media. We tell ourselves that we’ll only be five minutes and that five minutes could lead to us wasting a whole day. True story.
#4 Self-esteem booster…not really
When many of us post a photo, we do it for the likes and if you are sat there thinking that you haven’t done that then you are lying. You have thought about how many likes you’ll get on your photo at least once. If you don’t, you might not feel so good about yourself and you might be questioning yourself if you are good enough. All of them perfect Instagram profiles aren’t helping either…not that there isn’t anything wrong with them and people can post whatever they want but something that many of us forget is that most people wouldn’t post a photo on Instagram about their problems.
#5 We don’t live in the moment anymore
Before we had digital cameras and cameras on phones with us everywhere we go, we just had to experience every single moment for what it was. Of course, it’s nice to take photos and have things to remember but when you literally take photos of EVERYTHING just so you have things to post on social media then you miss out on a lot.
#6 It could literally ruin our lives
Now days with a one single click or tap you could literally ruin your life. Maybe you post a wrong photo, send a text to the wrong photo or somebody hacks into your phone . It’s so simple yet the consequences could be major.
All in all social media is pretty great but we just need to learn how to use it responsibility!