Social media obsessions ruin the real world


Zach Wagner-Lund

Zach Wagner-Lund
Zach Wagner-Lund

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Google+ are some of the top social networking sites on the web today. They are only a few of the over 200 networks available for people to connect on. Smart phones, iPods, and tablets enable everyone to interact through the use of social media instantly. The advanced accessibility, however, can be a downfall at times.

“When people feel awkward in a real-world social situation, they pull out their phone and go onto social media,” said junior David Boschwitz. It’s amazing how profiles will be updated religiously, yet it is unbearable for some to carry on a conversation with others. People used to write letters, and call each other just to talk about how their life is going. Now, it’s all by text, chat, or abbreviated emails.

In the future, those who have struggled with stable face to face communication may continue to be troubled in a workplace or office situation. In a recent Forbes article by blog contributor Susan Tardanico, she explains how social media outlets are wrecking the chances of having solid working relationships. “With all the powerful social technologies at our fingertips, we are more connected – and potentially more disconnected – than ever before,” said Tardanico.

An individual can have hundreds of friends on Facebook, or thousands of followers on Twitter, but without a doubt they can also have no idea who half of those people are. Being “friends” doesn’t exactly have the same meaning as it used to. All of this leads to unnecessary browsing and pointless scanning through post, pictures and feeds.

“It’s a time killer,” said sophomore Lindsey Case, “are there really any benefits to social networking in general?”

Through websites like Pinterest, account owners are able to organize their ideas, inspirations, and anything else that may be interesting. Businesses have not overtaken the idea of Pinterest like many have for Instagram, but others can take photos of something they like, so it’s basically free advertising. With every like, pin, or favorite, a brand can begin to trend, and hit the “tipping point.” A tipping point is that coveted moment when a business goes from hidden to viral. It’s an action that millions of social media users can induce and not even be aware of.

Websites that promote connections between people, businesses, and organizations from all over the world can be beneficial. There comes a point though, when significant damage can come to those who obsess and find reality less intriguing than the electronic world. Is social media fun? Some say yes. However, is it truly worthwhile to be a part of? Only time will tell the true value, potential, and downfalls of social media networking.

Mackenzie Iversen is a Staff Reporter for The Spartan Speaks.