Can We Just…Talk?

By: Gabriela C. Perez

After refreshing my twitter feed for what seems like the hundredth time in the last five minutes, I look up and am reminded that I’m out to dinner with my family. It’s not like anyone notices though, they’re all lost in their own devices as well. And just like that the night goes on, with each one of us itching to take one last glance at our screens while trying to maintain self-control and actually SPEAK to one another.


phonesThe addiction is real. Credit: Fox News

As a society, we’ve become so dependent on social media that it’s become a habit we can’t shake. You can try to go a day without checking any social media. In fact you might even accomplish it. For most, however, the risk of missing that one update after refreshing any of your feeds isn’t worth the risk.

For starters, social media has changed the way we receive and consume information. Since we have new updates coming at us nearly every minute, our attention spans have shortened and we’ve resorted to scanning things instead of actually paying attention and absorbing it. News agencies have had to adapt to this by making their content more web friendly and attaching visuals to compel readers into actually checking out what they have to say. Today’s news writers not only have to worry about accurately reporting news, but also how to squeeze the gist of their story into 140 characters.


It’s also changed the way we communicate with others. Nowadays there seems to be a stigma against actually calling a person instead of shooting them a text or email. And don’t get me started on leaving a voicemail. The horror! People are learning more about each other through internet browsing other than actually going up to and talking to the person.

Don’t get me wrong, social media is fantastic, and honestly we are at the point to where we can’t live without it. I just hope that we remember that behind our screens are real people and that it’s okay to ignore that notification bubble for a little bit.




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