It is a common sight wherever I go, and perhaps you would agree too. Orbs of bright light illuminating onto the faces of regular people going about their daily routines, whether it is walking to work, standing in line to get their morning coffee and bagel, or even right before the movie begins in the theater. Of course, I am one of these people with a mysterious illumination radiating off my face when I am not preoccupied with something more important to do. You may be wondering what I refer to when mentioning these orbs of bright light (signs of extraterrestrial life?)… but then again, you probably already know they are referring to cell phones (a majority probably being smartphones) that fit in the palms of our hands. Social media that fits in the palms of our hands, among some of the most popular hangouts include Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest, Reddit, and LinkedIn. I dare not mention more (including online dating sites) as it will take up the entire post!
With the prevalence of smartphones and the accessibility of so many sites at the touch (or swipe) of our fingers, it seems impossible to get away from social media. Unfortunately, it is easily noticed that more engagement with our gadgets and social media leads to limited or no interaction face-to-face… Whatever will happen to good ol’ conversations like I had in the 90’s with my friends? I told them I liked something, instead of relying on clicking a thumbs-up icon to deliver a stamp of approval. I have heard stories where people can spend hours on end contributing to endless posts, likes, tweets, snapchatting, and forget about reality… what do you mean I have to pay my bills? My school work can be done later! What laundry? Those dishes in the sink can wait.
Personally, I have taken my smallest steps to distance myself from social media because reality is here to stay, and I need to avoid being warped from it. I believe I am suffering from social media burnout. Yes, this is an actual thing. Try entering these three words into Google and just goggle over the many articles on such a condition facing our generation of children, professionals, and students in 2016.
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