Monday, November 3, 2014

Disconnecting form social media

This weekend, I found the true reason social media exists. And that is to be able to connect to those we are not able to connect with due to the physical distance between us and our friends. I tried to think of a reason for why I usually do not associate myself with social media, and I could not find a good answer. I guess I do not usually use social media sites because I find them stupid and they usually connect me to topics that I don't wish to be connected with, such as conflicts with Ebola. But when I was requested to disconnect for a weekend, I found it difficult to completely disconnect from everything social media related. I think that the task of having to disconnect really made me think about beneficial uses of social media. I really wanted to figure out a good way for me to connect with the world. So I began messaging my friends from high school. I have not spoken to them in some time and I found it really easy to talk and connect with them using Facebook. I then realized that sites like Facebook give me this kind of ability and I will always know that I have a way to keep in touch with my old friends, even though time and space have other plans for me. I will be honest and say that I did not last very long, in regards to disconnecting, but I did actually realize how social media sites like Facebook can be beneficial to society. Even though I also realized how it can be bad because now I surf Facebook even though I don't know what I am looking for.

1 comment:

  1. I had the same issues when it came to social media. Before this last weekend i'd never really realized all i used it for. Whether it was networking with new people, creating events, or just catching up with old friends, it proved to be much more useful than i realized. Something i didn't realize was how much time i wasted on social media. I never really understood how much it was i checked Facebook on my phone was until now. I think social media has its positives and negatives, we just have to find effective ways to balance our use and not become to entrenched in this online world.