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Is Social Media Taking Over our Lives?
"It’s time we start living in the real world" - Katy Holdcroft suggests that although sharing and communicating through social media has its benefits, it shouldn't control our lives as it currently does.
It may sound dramatic but social media is literally taking over our lives. There is this persistent urge to Facebook, tweet, Snapchat and Instagram our daily moves in an attempt to express our identity to the world and make ourselves feel valued. Unfortunately showing that in today’s day and age we have become obsessed with virtual reality.
“'Can a ‘like’ really represent popularity and how others perceive you?'
One of the biggest problems is that social media has become so easily accessible, we are surrounded by technology on a daily basis allowing us to inform everyone of our current activities through the touch of a button; further deepening our obsession. We are glued to our screens 24/7 and cannot bear to tear ourselves away from our precious phones.
“'Can we no longer enjoy family time without technology or social media being involved?'
“'Social activities really are becoming less and less ‘social’ by the minute.'
What worries me most is the impact that this is having on the younger generation. It would seem that in today’s society, greater online popularity supposedly makes you superior. Youths are growing up in a self-obsessed world, where if you do not live up to a certain expectation you are deemed inadequate. Thus, altering how they view themselves, promoting unnecessary self-criticism and having a profound effect on self-esteem. I have no idea how we’ve got to this point, where we are so immersed in a virtual existence, craving attention from people we barely speak to, because to be honest there are more important concerns in the world. This problem is only set to get worse as online activities become increasingly popular, unless we educate the young people of today.
I will certainly agree that social media can be a positive medium, especially as a way of connecting and sharing with family and friends, however when it begins to rule our lives and daily activities, that’s going one step too far. It’s sad to think this is what the world has come to, questioning is it really worth it?
Article by Katy Holdcroft