“We used to actually interact with one another, but now all we do as look at our phones,” stated Abaseen Shir, senior at Cape Elizabeth High School.
Growing up in the 21st century, it’s been nothing but Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat. Social media has controlled our lives almost since day one.
Kevin St. Jarre, social studies teacher at CEHS, said that we “never disconnect from each other,” and when he was in high school he “didn’t see or talk to anyone until school the next day.”
Social media has become a platform for people to brag about their appearance, their relationships, and their money.
Taylor Connell, senior at CEHS, stated that teenagers nowadays are “more obsessed with likes and follows instead of getting to know people.”
With social media controlling so many factors of our lives, we lose the ability to communicate face to face like normal civilians.
Kevin Sollenberger, senior at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts, said that a group of friends hanging out can “quickly lead to a session of us all scrolling through instagram feeds and taking selfies.”
Social media is an outlet for our boredom. We are constantly stimulated due to Facebook posts and Instagram likes. Now, in any situation where boredom may arise, we may become inpatient and on edge without Facebook or Snapchat to keep us busy.
But social media isn’t just an outlet for our boredom. It can also negatively affect our relationships.
“Being connected with everyone all the time can build false reliances in the end,” added St. Jarre.
That being said, this doesn’t mean that you have to go and delete all social media you possess. Just take some time to detach yourself from your smart phone, and look up at the world above your little screen.
“When people go out in nature, instead of taking pictures and posting it on Instagram and Snapchat, put away your phone and actually enjoy the view,” said Shir.
Communicate with others, make eye contact with others, feel physical connections with others instead of putting all emotions behind a little screen. Once we slowly start putting ourselves out into the world, maybe the outcome will end up surprising us all.