I’m a fairly late bloomer when it comes to social media, I reluctantly joined the Facebook bandwagon in 2012, only to keep it deactivated most of the time, and be super active the rest of the time (and feel guilty about wasting so much time). Of course, I’m also on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and LinkedIn. When I think about it, it is a huge waste of time, but for an introvert like me, it is the most ideal way to socialize with people, limited to our hand-held devices.
One doesn’t have to be a subject-matter expert to notice some of the awful side effects of social media. It has become an accepted norm to be glued to your phones irrespective of the occasion, people use their phones during business meetings, weddings, even funerals, while driving, while on dates, even in the toilet (eewww!).
when you are constantly using your phone in the presence of other people, you are essentially telling them that there is someone on the other end of the screen is way more important than you, who is present. This has happened to me so many times I’ve lost count.
Its obviously not all bad. Social media is pretty much revolutionizing the way businesses are conducted, it has opened up avenues and new business opportunities, it makes life easier, information (about practically anything) can be shared with people across the globe. But unfortunately it comes at a price..
Is social media making us more anti-social?? Maybe I’ll figure it out someday.
Peace & Love