Is Social Media Good or Bad for you?
You may be one who thinks that the Internet and social media is a gift from God. Yes, I agree it is a great tool and can be beneficial in our lives. But I will play the devil’s advocate for a moment since it often feels like an enemy attack. Perhaps because I didn’t grow up with it, instead I watched it evolve. I believe it takes us away from being relational. It started out slowly and everyone thought it was great to be able to “Google” something to get that piece of information that formerly we could only get at the library. We can get information instantaneously at our finger tips, such as medical information that in the past a doctor would need to explain in person. It seems endless what is available to us.
Is it a Miracle?
This new technology seemed like a miracle. But did you notice how much garbage and untruth is out there? I won’t go into the issues about that since it is a whole other topic.
Social media apps began to change our life. Facebook started in 2004, Twitter in 2006, then Instagram, Pinterest and many others followed. These all are fun to use but are we getting addicted to them? How many hours are we spending on them instead of actually being in the presence of the people we know? I am talking about really being present. That means not having dinner with someone while they are holding their phone checking facebook or texting someone else? Have you been in those situations? Perhaps you do it yourself. It is easy to get caught up in these things. But do we realize that we risk losing our interpersonal skills.
How many times a day do you text?
Have you actually paid attention to how often you text? It seems talking on the phone is rare these days. People would rather text or send emails to communicate. Is this really good for us? We need human contact with one another. Could this be the reason so many people are unhappy? Are they spending too many hours alone looking at Facebook? Do they become depressed because they see other peoples lives better than their own? Do other peoples lives make them angry or jealous? Are we losing love for others and ourselves? These are questions we must consider in our era.
I am not the only one thinking this, there are many website and studies available. One in particular measures the pros and cons of social media called socialnetworking.procon.org and another is Seochat
We must stay cognizant of the importance of love and affection for other human beings. Are we becoming so desensitized and programmed by this media to not need relationships?
This seems a threat to me as I watch so many young people unhappy and unable to communicate well.
So what is the answer? Do we go back in time? Or do we begin to create a new culture without a dependence on the media.
One answer is to love ourselves exactly as we are and spend time with those we love!
These are just some food for thought questions.
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