Social media is one of the biggest influences of our generation. Whether it’s because this is what we have grown up with or because all of us are attention seekers isn’t the point. It’s here and it isn’t going anywhere any time soon. Although it’s an awesome way to stay in touch with friends and family, get ideas, and inspire others it does have its downsides. Here are seven ways social media has ruined our lives.
7. It gets in the way of friendships.
We’ve all become accustomed to being in constant contact with each other. When we aren’t able to see our friends all the time we assume they don’t like us anymore. But that isn’t always true! Sometimes people just get busy. Being in college and being in a sorority is already a lot, plus add in work and any other clubs or extra curricular activities and you may forget to reply to a few texts.
6. It makes us think we need to share EVERYTHING.
You know, not everyone needs to know what your eating for dinner. With Facebook people post about all their relationship problems and sometimes that just makes everything worse. On Twitter whenever we have some issue with an ex or whoever, we always sub-tweet. It never works because you can always tell who they’re talking about. Instagram is basically a feed of selfies and of course during recruitment and big little reveal you have to post at least four pictures in a day. And don’t even get me started on Snapchat. Friday nights there’s always five ten second videos of some dark room with loud music and strobe lights. Yes, we see you’re at the same party we are also at. Cool.
5. We are more likely to compare ourselves to others.
I know this has happened more than once. You follow some fashion blogger on Instagram or Tumbler and want to copy their style. Then you want their hair, their makeup, and then you just want to change everything about yourself to look like them. It’s a slippery slope that’s easy to fall down. Everyone wants to be unique so we try so hard to be “different” instead of just being ourselves.
4. It can complicate romantic relationships.
You know what they say, a relationships lasts longer when you keep others out of it. Today many of us post every argument we have with our significant other to social media. This can cause fights to happen and weaken relationships. A lot of people our age don’t know how to communicate face to face but instead turn to social media to air our dirty laundry. Maybe instead of sub-tweeting about how you hate when bae chews with his mouth open, you can just have a conversation with him about it.
3. It distracts us from living in the moment.
How many times have you been at a concert or an event watching the action through the screen of your phone? Why do we all feel the need to document everything we do. I know you want to keep your memories alive in videos and pictures to look back on later, trust me I do too. But we should enjoy the moment. Put down your phone and just enjoy. Or at least limit it to one snap per event, please?
2. It makes it easier for negativity to enter our lives.
With the prevalence of social media it’s very easy to compare ourselves to others. Sometimes it’s hard to see the value in ourselves. It’s really easy for people to talk about others behind the safety of a computer screen. Cyber-bullying is a terrible phenomenon but as strong women we need to rise above petty social media drama. Social media is great and all, but you have to remember that it doesn’t define you.
1. It distracts us from more important things.
Social media is a HUGE time sucker. What’s the first thing you check in the morning? I’d be almost one hundred percent certain it’s your phone. What are we usually doing when we’re supposed to be doing homework? Reading some article on Facebook or scrolling through Twitter or Instagram. I can recall so many times I said I was going to take a five-minute homework break to look at some Vine videos that turned into an hour. I feel your pain. The allure of social media is really hard to get away from when you have a term paper due in the morning.
Alright, I’ve got to go. I need to approve my new Instagram followers.