The Transformation of Social Media

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Photo courtesy of Karsten Winegeart via Unsplash (a photo sharing site)

By Hannah Cohen, Staff Writer

In today’s world of social media and technology, most have forgotten what is truly the reality. The real world is full of responsibilities and mistakes, average human things. People keep their heads down staring at a screen as a way to escape from this reality. Everything has its positives and negatives, but the use of social media is greatly taken advantage of. For some, it is where they get all of their information and news from. This can cause great confusion and division to the world. Usually, information on these platforms are completely one sided and biased. Although due to Covid-19 there hasn’t been too many in-person interactions, technology has clearly changed the way people communicate. Especially for the younger generations, growing up with a phone can really affect their social skills. Social media completely took over people’s lives and it is only growing from here. People feel the need to post what they ate for dinner last night, and more personal things. There is this reliability of a phone where it can just consume you. It got to the point where putting that phone down feels refreshing and overall less stressful. 

On the other hand, social media can also be a good thing because of how it allows one to communicate with others and for people to express themselves. It also gives people the opportunity to be more verbal and share their opinions, which can be good to a certain point. Technology is only advancing from here, which is not a bad thing. The world must continue to advance and develop as time goes on. I wish I could have been a teenager in the 50’s where they didn’t have to worry about how many likes they were getting on Instagram.