Opinion

Social media is anti-social

Written by Spyglass Admin

Imagine you are at a café, with a coffee in hand, and as you take a sip, you look around. The only noise you can hear is the soft whirring of the machines, the door opening and closing and orders going through. Hardly any conversations are heard as time is taken up by an intangible activity. Faces are lit up by a bright white light as eyes are quickly taking in flashing colours and posts. A very ordinary person comes in, buys a drink, takes a picture of it then proceeds to tap on their phone before taking a sip and continuing on their way as if this is an everyday occurrence.

In a different situation, imagine that you are at a music concert, your favourite singer has walked onto the stage and is addressing the audience. Once they begin to sing, phones are out and recording every move. Even though people think that they are ‘living in the moment’ eyes are still glued to screens desperate to capture every second and post it later on for the world to see. People are still living through their screens and social media only influences that.

In short, as a society, we are not social. Gone are the days of good old-fashioned conversation. We no longer have memories of perfect days, special people and a time where we were in the moment, living our lives in reality. We have photos upon photos, thousands upon thousands. But do you think anybody is actually interested in what you had for dinner? Your perfect face? Your new this? Your sparkly that? We have become self-obsessed. Lost in a virtual world, are we more ‘connected’ by inventing virtual headsets and holographic people or are we moving backwards? Backwards… to the time of cavemen, where we communicated in simple pictures for simple minds, our speech came in grunts and oohs and wahs. For a while we became smarter and progressed over thousands of years to develop a sophisticated language but we are going back to the time of cavemen. Sadly, but yes, Shakespeare would turn in his grave at the sight of the elegant English language slipping down the plughole at the hands mechanised monsters. What is the difference between ooh and lol? Wah and gtg? Simple stickmen on cave walls and disturbingly yellow faces? The word is just becoming a sea of simple-minded yellow smileys drifting further and further away from reality.

To sum things up, the term ‘social’ media is the complete opposite of what it means. It causes people to become anti-social, in fact almost so anti-social that the only person left in their lives is themselves. Social media is just a distraction that people use to look they are doing something, or they’re really not lonely in life. It makes people obsessive over, in reality, a rectangular brick of metal and plastic. The real question is, are we ever in the moment anymore? Do we ever stop to listen to the twittering of birds or the howling of winds? No. These bricks of metal and plastic are taking over everyone’s lives. Get over it. Just put that thing away for some time. Maybe it will do you some good.

Ella Bonelli, Joy Koay and Aoife Meachem

 

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56 Comments

  • i think that social media for a great thing and that this articled does not take into account that for some people this platform of social media is there only way to communicate with the outside world like for example if someone is sick with a long lasting disease

  • I completely see your perspective but as the world moves on and moves forward with technology, I think that social media has become an important part of many peoples’ lives and an important part of todays society as it lets you connect with people all over the world.

  • I agree to most of this, I believe that social media is taking over the world but I also think it is great too. 🙂

  • I think it’s fair to say that we are more connected than we have ever been, which affects each individual differently. It could make more people less social, however it can also bring people together- keeping them in contact with friends.

  • I really enjoyed reading this article it was informative and engaging. I mostly agree with the point made in the article but I don’t think people would be willing to change as social media is already such a major part of our lives.

  • 83% of social media-using teens say social media makes them more connected to information about what is happening in their friends’ lives and 70% say these social platforms better connect them to their friends’ feelings. And you say it makes people anti-social?

  • I agree with some point of this article but, as a person who has moved away from all their friends it is the only way for me to contact those people and keep in touch with them so I don’t lose those best friends.

  • In my opinion social media has taken over a large amount of the world but it has also brought millions of people together. Even though it may take a toll on people later in life, it has opened up many opportunities for people whether it be jobs or relationships.

  • I agree that we have less conversations when we have social media but you have to remember that people use it so that they can feel happy when they talk to people that are not around or just to have a chat to someone on social media because they are having a bad day and it makes it easier to talk online rather than face to face. you also have to remember that people use social media to make memories with friends so that they can look at that picture and smile.

  • personally I don’t think we are going back in time as we are actually advancing our technologies, medicines and many other things. I also think it was wrong to assume Shakespeare’s stance in the argument. However I enjoyed your grammar. 🙂

  • I agree with the article because people film and take photos of special events on social media just so they can post and show them off. There is nothing wrong with filming but when you spend all of that moment filming you will not be paying attention to what is actually happening in real life and will only see it after on your phone. Like the article said they aren’t living the moment and I think that is true.

  • I agree with the point but it is going to be difficult to change the way people think about social media!

  • I completely agree with this article as our modern day lives are centred around social media and electronics. It’s quite sad to see how as society we are regressing back to where we were decades ago, all because of social media making us anti-social!

  • I would have to agree however people are beginning to acknowledge this and are starting to take a step back and have time away from social media. Although, social media is a good way to set up meetings and gatherings with friends where phones aren’t used at all.

  • 83% of social media-using teens say social media makes them more connected to information about what is happening in their friends’ lives and 70% say these social platforms better connect them to their friends’ feelings. And you say it makes people anti-social?

  • I think this article brings forward many interesting points, social media is key part of our modern society. It has brought millions of people together, yet it has weakened our social bonds and can tear us part.

  • I don’t agree with your view because social media connects people. People are so busy in their day to day lives and don’t always have the time to meet up with and see friends face to face. It’s useful to connect people who live far away, people who are on strange work schedules like night shifts and it helps people stay connected and less lonely in situations that could possibly be isolating.

  • I do mostly agree with this post, although I believe that people still appreciate other things in life other than their phones. Also, I think that phones and social media help us to connect and stay connected with our friends, regardless of where they live.

  • this is very true in some aspects and i completely understand your view on social media in people’s lives. however, i believe social media has become a very important part in our social and scchool life. being able to share your experiences and chat to people across the world

  • This is a controversial subject, it is anti-social to an extent but studies have shown that people feel more interconnectivity and closer to their friends.

  • I agree with most of the points however, although in some cases social media is less social, it can also be used to be more social. For example in situations you couldn’t socialise otherwise. Such as over long distances, etc.

  • I agree with most aspects of this article in that I believe that as a society we are too connected to our phones and to social media. However, while people should learn to live in the moment, it is nice to have a way to clearly recall memories through videos and photos.

  • I agree with this article I get that you cant do anything or see anyone without the whole world finding out or someone posting about it and we spend more time texting then actually talking to people face to face but I also think its helping us move forward in a different aspect. It connects people from all over the world 🙂

  • I do think that social media is important as it allows us to easily keep in contact with our friends and family. However, the way it is often used is anti-social and takes away from your own experiences and those of others, such as the concert situation you described (which I have definitely seen).

  • I agree with the points but I also think that social media is a great way to communicate with people and to find out information on things. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it but I do think that we should stop using it as much!

  • Sure, people are on social media all the time, but I don’t think we’re becoming more anti-social because of it. Even before I had a phone, I didn’t talk to strangers or people i made eye contact with. In fact, I talk to people in real life a lot more now than when I had a phone. Also, does this not count as social media?

  • i think the article has some interesting points and i agree that social media has taken over some peoples lives but i dont think that all teenagers are addicted to social media. it also connects people from all around the world which is good

  • In many ways this article is true- however it only applies to a fraction of the people using social media. I think it is very unfair to generalise and stereotype that we are controlled by social media. The majority of people are not controlled by social media and still ‘socialise’ in person.

  • I agree with some points from this article and I do understand your perspective but I also think having social media is important and also helps with staying in touch with people no matter where they are in the world.

  • I think that what the article is saying is correct; our society is misusing social media. This means that we no longer are experiencing things that we do – we are simply recording it to look at later. Social media can be an amazing thing and has many benefits but I think people are now too reliant on it which is damaging our society, especially the younger generations

  • I think that phones help people socialise because you can talk when your not with people. And I’m guessing Shakespeare woudnt be turning in his grave he would be think why did I not do that. He would be regretting how much oxygen he wasted saying thou every 3 seconds.

  • Studies have shown that people who spend a lot of time on social media are at least two times more likely to feel socially isolated. Social media use displaces more authentic social experiences because the more time a person spends online, the less time there is for real-world interactions.

  • I mostly agree with this, however social media is also a way to keep up with the news, I get that there are many other platforms to read the news on but social media also helps us keep in touch with people we haven’t seen in a long time, for example if you moved from a far away country and didn’t get a phone until after then you can find them on social media, it is maybe too easy to find people on social media but that’s why you have private accounts so you have to just be careful. I agree that some people are on their screens too much but don’t think that social media is a bad thing.

  • i understand what you mean but however we need to think about all the important things it does like keeps us updated on school and teaching, if we dont understand home work we can ask are friends through social media, if you think about it if we didn’t have social media you wouldn’t be able to right this newspaper/blog right now. social media inst a bad thing it is an amazing and cool way to keep in touch

  • I think it’s an interesting case: sometimes people are glued to their phones (and I’ve had times where people are texting others who are less than a metre away), but it also allows you to talk to people (when you might be hundreds of miles away) and connect to others that you could never have met normally.

  • Interesting article. I agree and disagree. Social media can be used to bring people together from far away parts of the world, but nowadays it has become obsessive and we are becoming lost in a ‘virtual world’.

  • I think this tricky situation with no solution present at hand. however I do think that if everyone can stop the use of their mobile telecommunication devices

  • I believe that social media brings us together in the way that we can catch up with old friends but I also think its can push us away from face to face social interaction.

  • I agree with many points in this article as sometimes its hard just to have a face to face conversation with someone without the protection of a screen between us. However, social media connects billions of people and raises awareness about things happening around the world . It stops us from being small minded as we are aware of others and their lives, something which we struggled to less than 50 years ago.

  • I agree that social media is taking over our lives. I think it is a great thing but we should try to also socialise away from the internet. You should still use social media but also remember you have a life outside of the internet.

  • I agree in terms of it is hard to meet new people on social media who you wouldn’t talk to in real life. However it is a good way to stay in contact with friends who have moved away or just chat to others you know.

  • I think this situation presents itself with multiple hard decisions which we as homo sapiens have to make. however an obvious solution we can see is to not use your phone.

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