What comes to mind when you see the words "Social Media"? Facebook? Twitter? These are a couple, of many, social networking sites that today's generation hold a huge interest in and use on a regular, if not, daily basis.
You're probably wondering why I'm even writing a post about social media, everybody knows what it is and how it works. Well, that's the root cause of the problem we're facing today. Many social media sites are slowly taking over our lives and that ISN'T right. Many people are unaware of the cons of such platforms and the negative impact being made on us on a whole which worries me.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not against the use of social media as it can be very beneficial if used in the correct way. However, the extensive use of such platforms has more of a negative impact than positive which has started to affect us. Recent studies have shown that 70% of children in 1990 spent their free time by playing outside. That percentage has dropped by a staggering 50% in just over a decade. Doesn't that statistic speak for itself?
The problem is that we as a generation rely on social media for nearly everything. From learning how to do things, to trying to earn a living. Which isn't bad, but it isn't beneficial either as vital lifetime skills are being lost. Lets take communication skills as an example. Just over half a century ago, all socialising was done face to face, which meant that people actually had to go out, make an effort, make eye contact with others and see the outside world while they were at it as they had to leave their homes. Whereas now, people can sit at home and talk to people just by the slight movement of their fingers over a keyboard. Now, is that healthy? Is sitting in front of a computer screen for endless hours everyday actually healthy? Where's the fresh air at? WE'RE MISSING OUT! Day by day we are becoming more and more dependant on such platforms which is affecting such skills of ours.