Reconsidering social media

I have never been a Twitter fan. But after seeing Stromae’s new video, I have to say that I don’t even plan to be one.

Even if tweets aren’t exactly “my thing”, I still use other social media like Facebook or Instagram and since I started using them, I have been fighting an ongoing with myself, it was always a love-hate type of relationship. From the beginning I was concerned with how would the media affects my every day life and I always try to keep it somehow balanced, but I was soon to find out that is quite difficult.

Whether it is at home, in a bus, on a street, at a restaurant and so on, I tend to have a phone in my hand, scrolling constantly through information that is more or less relevant to me. The plus side is that I rarely get bored, or feel alone, but the down side is, in my opinion bigger than the benefits. Not only I feel the need to interact with people face-to-face more rarely, but also when it happens, I can be absent in the conversation, or even socially awkward as I literally forget how to simply “talk to people”.

Balancing the online and the offline can be difficult, but not impossible. I am happy that I (still) take pleasure in going under the radar for a while and don’t care about the latest posts or notifications.

In the digital era that we live in, I might be part of one of the last generations to do that. Should my generation adapt to the newest ones? Or should the new one take after mine and try to moderate their access to the online-especially social media?

I for one, would not want to be “slaughtered” by an evil blue bird.

What do you think?

 

Written by C.C.

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