Thanks to the advanced development of Web 2.0 and technology, we are now able to stay connected with others whenever and wherever (we have internet access) we want. Facebook offers us to share our daily lives and follow up with the celebrities as well as to read the news on it, while Twitter is allowing users to share personal thoughts and critics about anything they want. Instagram helps editing photos that makes them more attractive to the audience and is just like a life album of users, while Snapchat appeals to folks who would like to share and follow interesting things in lives and attract others within a short amount of time. In general, these social media are making our lives more convenient and fun in many ways by providing platforms to the users to interact with each other. An additional point social media provide is that it triggers the intention of people to connect with strangers because hiding at the back of the computer/ mobile phones are more comfortable than meeting in person. In other words, social media enable us to be connected to the entire world. However, Rachael Oakes-Ash, a famous blogger has learned that this mechanism of social media is changing the way and feeling we date from the past.
For example, firstly it becomes more and more common that people are taking photos of what they are having for the date and then get the delicacies posted on their social media. Secondly, it can be seen that couples of friends are just using their phones without conversations on the table. In addition, we might overhear (or this might be happening to all of us) many conversations that are about their new dates and acquaintances, showing the profile or photo of the new friend to others. People started to be judgmental on others’ posts, profiles and what they comment on those social media.
Since when has social media changed our dates and lives to this mode? Believing whom a person really is by buying how he or she looks on the social media platform? Our thoughts on Twitter and posts on Instagram now decide the first impression from others, but how would this even lead to true loves?
Think about the life without smartphones, we were more likely to enjoy all the eye contact, emotion and feelings when we actually get to know others in person. In addition, we might even truly enjoy the taste of the meal we are having instead of taking the picture and upload it online, catch up the music the restaurant is playing and collect the memory of every moment. However, this is not to say that smartphones and social media are not needed but when these technology has made our lives much more easier, we need to spare sometime to “Stop” and slower down the pace and focus more on the face-to-face interaction with others, and have a deep conversation sitting together instead of using short messages.
My questions are
- Do you think social media has made us more connected to each other or less?
- Is there any ideal/ innovative way to keep social media from interrupting our interactions with others in our daily life? (Except quitting it)
Link to the articles:
Yun-Chen (Kimberly), Tsai