The more and more I become involved in social media related topics the more I wonder if it really is being “social”. The word “social” is really what I seem to be have problems with I can’t seem to associate being social with social media these days. How social are we really being if we’re together but we don’t speak to each other, if we’re in the same room with friends and families but we’re off in our own worlds with our phones doing our own thing. There comes a point where I feel like we’re always on our phones even when we’re with the people that we use these devices to communicate most. It means we always want to be somewhere else or talk to someone else, in every moment of everyday there is some other place that we would all rather be.
This “social” media has every appearance of allowing us to communicate with any and everyone except the person that you are actually next to. It is essentially anti-socialness in disguise. Far more time is spent viewing what is going on in the world and finding out what friends and family are doing, all through the eyes of Facebook , rather than spending time building your own experiences in the world.
So, while social media is significant and even essential to daily lives it’s equally important not to get to caught up with social media and remember it can also be fun to talk to the person sitting right next to you.