In the United States alone, people spent an average of 10 hours a day on social media in 2016. Everywhere you go, and everything you see; whether it is the mall, a restaurant or an ad on TV, there’s some form of social media. It is used for several different types of purposes including advertising, politics, religion, education, entertainment, sports, fashion trends, etc. It has become a lifestyle; the norm. It would be considered ‘weird’ not having it as part of our
daily lives. Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter…you name it; it connects us, it divides us, and you could even say it defines us.
Social media gives people the freedom to express themselves behind the curtains. We create a profile with our likes and dislikes and share with the world only what we want them to see. We seek for attention. We want to feel acknowledged, we want to feel included, and we want people to relate to us through shared experiences and opinions. We talk, we argue, we cry, we laugh, we complain. We see the number of “likes” we’re getting. It’s a rewarding feeling. However, having these social outlets makes us vulnerable to criticism, judgment, embarrassment; additionally, it opens the door for acceptance, opportunity, feedback and reassurance.
It’s amusing, let’s face it. Looking down at your phone, scrolling down your Facebook feed and reading just about everything you could possibly think of. Might sound informative but, are we finding that as an excuse to disconnect from the real world? Is social media affecting our social skills and the way we interact with others on a day-to-day basis?. Stay tuned to see the answer on the next post!