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Socially Awkward Media

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Socially Awkward Media

Greg Farris

We’ve all had that moment when we grab our phone and navigate our way through our Twitter feed only to realize we had no good reason to do so – the whole process was on auto-pilot.

We visit Facebook, just to check our messages, but see that laughing baby Vine, a new photo album and must read all the comments on the newest engagement post. Poof! All of a sudden an hour has passed.

Social media began as a new form of communication. Then, it let us share family photos with thousands of people, create hilarious six-second videos and follow our favorite celebri-ties to see what they had for lunch. At first glance, it seems like these apps and websites would do nothing but enhance our lives.

Today, after having been exposed to social media for several years, we’re starting to realize how unproductive it sometimes makes us. In the middle of writing that paper due in a few days, we feel the need to stop every few minutes because our Twitter notifications are blowing up.

Our dependence and expectation is obvious when we swear we hear our phone beep or vibrate, only to look down and see nothing but the time.

Ironically, social media actually decreases our social communication. We try to tell a friend about something that happened last night only to be interrupted with, “Yeah, I saw that on Facebook.” It totally ruins the social aspect of storytelling. Honestly, what’s better? Hearing your bro describe his detailed adventure about running from the cops last night or reading about it online? I’ll choose the former every time.

Use social media, but don’t let it own you. Don’t waste hours of your time sifting through videos you don’t care about. Don’t be that person who refuses to put down their phone only to ignore the person right next to them by Snapchatting someone five hours away.

Share a funny blog post, creep on some high school friends, but don’t forget there is a great world outside of our little screens just waiting to be experienced.

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