The Mistake of Social Media

Madeleine Worrall

In today’s technological world, you have a large sum of young working adults that fully depend on life throbc80929dcde0b34c147f004ab6f80fc9ugh their iPhones, Androids and social media networks. But you also can find a small handful of professionals who can live without it. Being apart of the small handful, not of professionals but of young adults, I can give my own perspective and opinions on todays crazy obsession and dependence of their devices and accounts.

For starters, what’s the deal with Facebook? I know people who literally cannot name their actual real life friends, but can show me hundreds of their Facebook friends and consider them their real friends, yet they’ve never met in person. Personally I do think that social media has put a huge road block in the way of peoples natural social skills. Which is sad to me because public communications is a HUGE part of what makes the world go ’round, and in my field of PR, I do think that relying so heavily on social media is a mistake. Outlets like Twitter and Facebook create a virtual reality for people to hide behind, causing people to forget how to have real life face-to-face conversation and without that kind of rhetoric, how would any business get done or honest relationships build? Just as studies show that taking notes with a pen and paper is more efficient than online note-taking,  I’m almost certain that the same would go for communication skills.

We live our lives in seconds. I found myself getting impatient with a 30-second microwave timer tonight and realized how pathetic that truly is. Snapchat, for example, allows us to see an inside to peoples daily lives through a maximum of a 10 second video. And 10 seconds is still too long to sit and watch for most snapchat stories when scrolling through the homepage. We get news through these quick outlets, teaching us only the bare necessity of what is important. This is devastating to people who spend their entire lives researching and studying news-worthy topics.

On the other hand, I can see how social media is a positive outlet for journalist specifically and adults in other job fields. I get that it creates connections, opportunities at the click of a button and allows you to get your info out to the entire world in a second. I do think there is a serious advantage to having social media but all in all, I do think we could be just as successful, if not, more knowledgeable, without all the media outlets and texts and emails and beeps.

 

 

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UNT Eagle Strategies

Class members of the social media class in the Mayborn School of Journalism