Social Networks: Tearing People Apart New technology has allowed us to have the world at our fingertips. With a few clicks or touch of a glass screen, we can find out anything and everything in matters of seconds (depending how fast the internet is). One thing that has been made available to us is the social networks. When social networking first began, it let us connect with long lost friends and the world around us, now it slowly drives us apart.
Social networks is a reason as to why people do not interact with one another face-to-face as much nowadays because people could find out everything just by checking Facebook, Twitter, and/ or Instagram. We are stuck in this virtual world where we no longer have to speak, our fingers do the talking. Facebook is a way to connect with the people in your life, but is helping you drive a wedge between you and the world. Before Facebook people had to think about how they would walk up to the person they had an interest in and get to know them.
Now with Facebook, all a person has to do is type up the other person’s name and all their information will show up on screen. Thanks to Facebook people rarely ask how the person is doing, all they do now is check their most recent status. Sure a person can communicate with someone via Facebook messaging but it is not the same as having that same conversation over a cup of coffee. On Facebook people go through the same routine; scroll down the newsfeed, look at some pictures and chat with people about things you have no interest in.
That idea of being the last to find out about something is simply terrifying. That is why people are constantly checking their Facebook walls, just to find out the latest news. Finding out the latest news, thoughts, and ideas of those around us, has been made easier by twitter. Every single thought that pops into a person’s mind and even their daily activities could be found on twitter. People no longer have to ask “what did you do today”, they already know the answer.
There is no longer a need to have face-to-face conversations with anyone for the simple fact that everything you need to know is somewhere in cyberspace. Social networks like Twitter have people hooked to the internet world and has led people to disconnect from reality. The world around us is full of wonder; capturing those moments make it last a life time, but not when you are stuck in a bubble. What happens when you can no longer take a picture of something as simple as a building, and it will not look perfect without the right filter?
With Instagram one can no longer treasure the world how it really is. A person can no longer appreciate their meal without letting the whole world know what they are about to consume. You will begin to see things in a whole new light if you are one it for too long. Reality will hit you when you see that donut does not look the same from the screen. The bubble that people create themselves when they are scrolling though picture after picture, disconnect them from the world.
There are people that cannot have a conversation without mentioning a social network. They are stuck in this virtual world they do not know they are in. There is not a moment when a person how has a social network and access to it though their phone does not say, “I need to put that up” or “let me check”. Social networking once connected people to each other. Other than losing the ability to communicate with others outside this work, people are being slowly torn apart.
In Bret Staples essay titled “What Adolescents Miss When We Let Them Grow up in Cyberspace”, he argues that those teenagers that spend most of their time on a computer are most likely to miss out on real world experiences. “Teenagers nowadays are both more connected to the world at large than ever, and more cut off from the social encounter that have historically prepared young people for the move into adulthood” (242). The addiction that people have to the social networks will, is, and can affect your life in the future, especial teenagers.
They will not know how to properly speak to someone or respond during an interview. Social networks are all some people can think about. Without them knowing it, it has affected their daily living. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram were made to connect people, to further know someone. Nowadays people find is easier to communicate over these social networks then face-to-face. People no longer call one another to check up on them, all they need to do is make a few clicks to find out what is going on in the other person’s life.
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