"Has Social Media Crippled Us From Being Human" by Breana Archie
When we think about social media the first words that come to mind are Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter etc. According to the Pew Research Center, 78% of 18-24-year-olds use Snapchat, while 71% use Instagram, and 68% use Facebook. Also, 94% of 18-24 years olds use YouTube and 45% use Twitter. We live in a society where because of the advancement of technology such as social media; it plays a significant and prominent role in every area of our lives including how we interact. I think there are pros to having social media too; it's our easy access to the latest trends in entertainment, music, fashion, food, news. It's also an effective way to communicate and network with other individuals. But I am both fearful and worried that this generation of college students will get so addicted to social media that we will lose the originality of human interaction due to being socially lazy.
What I mean is that it's essential for us as humans to have face to face interactions because that is how we can develop perspectives and language; where deeper connections and meaningful relationships are built and solidified. We can also develop feelings and emotions such as empathy to not just ourselves but towards others. If humans cannot interact and converse with others; we could begin to isolate ourselves from reality and begin to associate social media as their "reality". Because of this as quoted "study suggests that Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat aren't just popular with the lonely and depressed: They're also making people more lonely, and more depressed". This goes into the effects of how it can shift our mental health. Researchers are finding that when someone develops depression and withdraws from peers, they see other people on social media smiling and at parties with friends. It magnifies their sense of anxiety and isolation. Since mental health is a big issue on college campuses today; we mustn't overuse social media to the point that it paralyzes how we function. Now again I am not saying that all aspects of social media are negative. But we have to ask ourselves what are ways we can limit our intake of social media that does not have a negative impact within ourselves that we lose the originality of being human?