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Social media may be be making us less social

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In a poll conducted of several randomly selected students, social media has decidedly made people less social.

In a poll conducted of several randomly selected students, social media has decidedly made people less social.

In a poll conducted of several randomly selected students, social media has decidedly made people less social.

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In an age driven by technology, it’s easy to take phones for granted, especially as the accessibility increases.  We’ve had phones since we were 10, some even earlier, but has this made society less social and apathetic to the lives of others?  Many argue that teenagers can get caught up in the world of their phones and forget the reality actually around them.  

Social media can also be the ‘gateway’ of sorts to a larger understanding of the world around us.  Teenagers now have easy access to the news; with the social and political climate of today, that proves to be a very valuable thing.  On social media, teenagers can talk to other people just like them that they wouldn’t be able to find in their real life.  

Popular platforms such as Snapchat, Facetime and Twitter have taken steps to make it easier to validate who you’re talking to and be safe.  Students struggling with homework or class in general can find videos explaining every topic imaginable on YouTube, helping them to avoid tutoring, which is hard to cram into already full schedules.  

However, not everyone may feel this way about social media.  

“Get off your phones and go outside, put your phones down,”  freshmen Liya Veale said.  

In a poll, about 61 percent of students found social media to make us less social, especially in reality.

“As someone who’s had social media for five years, I can say I’m pretty anti-social,”  Veale said.  

However, around 15 percent of students found social media actually made them more social.

“Social media has made people less social because they text instead of talk to each other in person,” sophomore Abbie Seidle said.  

The other 24 percent of students said that social media has made people about the same, and it hasn’t changed much.

It’s impossible to say for certain the impact social media has had on our lives and social lives, since many of us have nothing to compare it to.  What we do know is that it’s here to stay, whether you like it or not.

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One Response to “Social media may be be making us less social”

  1. Edward Hawthorne on October 8th, 2017 9:36 pm

    Thought-provoking article. What’s the sample size on the poll conducted?

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