The hidden side of social media older generations are unaware of.
Everyone knows social media is a dangerous tool for young people. On one hand it is full of opportunity but on the other it is a cancerous parasite eating into our brains.
The problem is kids who are growing up with social media haven’t built up the walls to block it out and not become reliant on it. Technology is changing so fast our brains havent adapted to this monumental shift.
Older generations suffered from sexism, racism, war and so on.
So to say social media is bad for young kids almost sounds trivial and insulting to older generations. But this is the problem. They are so unaware of how damaging it is.
Let me give you a VERY common example everyone in modern high-school experiences.
You are sitting at home on a Friday night after a long day at school. You open up your phone and start scrolling through social media. You see a bunch of stories from your school friends.
You open up one story. He is drunk at a party filming everyone else drinking and having fun. You aren’t super close with these people but are still hurt you wren’t invited.
Here is the dangerous part… I mentioned “a bunch” of stories. You know what all those stories are going to be but you click on them anyway. You watch 3 minutes worth stories showing every angle and every highlight of the party whilst you lie in bed doing nothing.
Want to know the kicker? The next afternoon you get to see a photo album of professional edited images captured from the night. All the bad moments have been kept out of course.
You never really cared about this party, but now you have basically seen the entire party and everyone who was invited you feel like crap because you were left out.
This is what young people are facing. Breaking up is hard right?
Imagine breaking up in the world of technology. Guys and girls are talking to each other EVERY single day. Unlike "back in the day" when you have a boyfriend or girlfriend, you might see her once a week, maybe talk to her on the phone when you could.
Kids are speaking 24/7, seven days a week. So when the breakup happens it is similar to quitting a drug. He/she stop messages you all of a sudden. You go from having someone you can message at any point about anything to nothing. No late night messages before bed. Nothing.
So many kids can’t even deal with this and often end up getting back together because they can’t handle the change. They are addicted. Not to the person, addicted to the attention.
I could go on for pages about the dangers of technology, but let me tell you as someone who has experienced both of those scenarios it is incredibly harmful.
Gen z suffers from the highest levels of mental health problems ever in a generation. In my opinion it is because of social media and the expectations we now have for our life. We are constantly comparing ourselves to others whether we do it consciously or subconsciously.
Please be carful with social media.
Why are you on there?
Business or personal?
Who do you follow and why?
If you are just following influencers or celebs then your feed id just going to be constant comparison. If you use social media as a way to stay connected with friends and family then great!
It is something to think about….