How has social media changed you?

Social Media has become as intrinsic to modern American life as Football and Apple Pie. In all honesty, social media has changed me for the worse. I am embarrassed to even think about the amount of time I spend bouncing from one social media forum to the next. I believe that despite how much social media brings us together, it really takes away from your greatest relationships. Sure I am able to stay connected with friends from camp I haven’t seen in years. And yes I can tweet at celebrities and have my opinion seen by hundreds, thousands, and even millions of people worldwide. But what I have lost is some of the authenticity of closer relationships. Everyone in my family sits at the dinner table with a hand on their phone, scrolling down some app liking photos or tweets or statuses. But we don’t talk like we used too. Smartphones and social media have enabled us to skip the small talk; no longer must we converse with those in our immediate radius, cause we can talk to anyone anywhere. With less conversation in-person, those genuine loving relationships between family members and close friends suffer. We have evolved to communicate so much and with so many people that somehow we now fail to communicate with those closest to us.

When I was in 5th grade I received my first phone. It was a flip phone with a mediocre camera and a battery that lasted 3+ days. In order to text I had to press each button several time to get the letter I wanted. There were no apps; there were no high-definition cameras or Snapchats. If you opened the Internet app you immediately rushed to shut it down so your family didn’t receive any abstract charges. A phone was just that; a phone. I miss those times when your phone was a tool and not a toy. A device and not a distraction. I challenge you to disable all your social media accounts for 24 hours, and enjoy the life that is in front of you.

See if the real world isn’t just as sweet.

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