Does Social Media Make Us Social?

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By Alexis Diaz

I wake up to the sound of my annoying alarm clock, and then eagerly check Instagram and Twitter to see if I have any notifications, excited about any new comments on the picture I posted, or to see if I got any new favorites or re-tweets. In this generation people peck away at phones and Snapchat their Starbucks along with those who accompany them; but is that actually considered socializing?

A social media addict, I am guilty of paying more attention to my phone than the people I’m actually trying to spend quality time with. I have noticed that in restaurants groups of people tap at their phones and share small talk.  They have little eye contact because they are so preoccupied with the new post their best friend Becky just posted, or with the Twitter drama going on between Bob and Larry.

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Maybe social media sites take away our physical ability to communicate and to live in the moment rather than take a cool picture to post later on Facebook; It’s addicting.

Yes, I can be very irresponsible and time management isn’t my forte, but social media is always there when I want to be distracted from reality. Where is my control over this petty, teenage issue?

“Deactivate your social media accounts.”

But, but, but… it does have perks like keeping in touch with old friends and sharing news in less than seconds.

Does social media make me an actual “social-being?” Fellow Tiller Haley Connor explains, “Yes and no, because some people are more comfortable behind a screen than face-to-face. Everyone gets wrapped up in social media that they don’t focus on real life events.”

These websites are beneficial and give people a chance to “break out of their shell” because talking to someone online can be easier and less intimidating. I met and started talking to many of my close friends online before I actually did in person. Daphne Chavez also explains, “We find it a lot harder to talk to someone because fear of judgment and not being accepted. It is a lot easier to pretend to be someone you are not on the internet.”

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Mrs. Willoughby-Jones benefits more from social media reiterating, “Social media gives me a chance to communicate with family and keep in touch with friends far away.” Then she adds jokingly, “No one has time for two-hour long phone conversations or long letters. A few sentences online will suffice.”

The perks of social media are numerous, but focusing on “now” should be everyone’s priority. It should be homework before refreshing Twitter feeds and avoid scrolling on Instagram before carpal tunnel creeps in. Change your filter later, forget about your hashtags. INTERACT. Go outside, enjoy life, and log out. #BeSocial

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  1. Mr.Z says:

    My wife and I make it a point not to check our phones when we’re out together…..but I must admit, when she takes off to the restroom, I must quickly check Twitter. Great article!

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