It’s no secret that our generation seems to rely entirely on technology. It’s impossible go out to a restaurant, a movie theater, or sporting event without seeing teenagers glued to their phones 24/7. Why are we talking in hashtags, sharing every little private moment with our facebook friends (most of which probably really don’t care), and instagramming every Starbucks frappe? I know what you’re thinking, who am I to call out people for their obsessive use of technology, right? Well, I feel entitled to do so because I am just as guilty as everyone else. Welcome to my personal (technological) hell.
It’s hard to remember life before Twitter and Snapchat. Try to reminisce back to a time when talking to people face to face, was a normal thing. Nowadays, it seems younger generations avoid real human interaction in the fear of it becoming “awkward.” I know for me personally, I am much more comfortable texting someone than calling them over the phone. When texting, you can take however long you please, and sure you may seem like an ass, but at least in an uncomfortable situation you can plan out what you want to say. Technology is comforting, and when I’m not checking twitter, facebook, and my group texts, I tend to feel out of sync. I find myself pondering over how many favorites my tweets get, or likes on my instagram, and then getting angry with myself for even caring to begin with. I love my technology, and all the various ways to watch videos and stay connected, but I’ll be the first to admit that it has negatively impacted my ability to communicate in person.
Not only does my life feel fully consumed by technology, I feel as if technology is consuming me as well. It’s as if when something big happens in our lives we tend to think, “Oh my gosh, I need to tweet this, and then take a picture and post it, or maybe update my facebook status!” Shouldn’t we be more excited about sharing it personally with those around us who we truly consider our closest friends and family? The truth is you may think technology is your friend, maybe even your BFF, but it can also be a back-stabbing, two-timing, son of a bitch.
Is this over-consumption of technology truly a bad thing? Who knows. Texting and Skype are convenient methods of communication, and are being used daily on a world wide level. Social media is an extremely efficient tool for communication and networking and it has opened up a whole new job market. Websites like Youtube, Twitter, and Vine are great ways to show off one’s creativity and hopefully get discovered. Everyone uses technology uniquely, and the possibilities are truly endless. Although, one can’t deny the noticeable social downfall associated with the overuse of technology. So many middle school and high school students seem to be losing their communication skills at a rapid rate. It’s starting even younger and younger, as we see 4th graders attached to their iPhones. Our generation is often labeled as self-obsessed, and maybe technology is partially to blame for that.
It’s hard to predict whether or not this problem is going to get better or worse. With each New Year brings new technologies, so it’s hard to apprehend what the future holds. I do know one thing for sure. There’s more to life than that little screen we often let determine our self-worth. It took me awhile to admit my defeat against technology, and fight the urge to be connected with my social media accounts non-stop. Just keep in mind that there’s so much more to gain from talking to a friend face to face, then by sending a funny snapchat. I promise, you can say things of much more significance, WITHOUT a 140 character limit.