It's no question that social media has become a vital part of communication in today's society. Growing up in Generation Y, I have experienced first hand at all of the latest and changing technology, social media sites, and much more. Although I firmly believe that social media is so important in the way that we communicate in mass amounts, I do believe that our generation, and the ones that follow, are relying on it too closely to do all of our communicating for us.
When you take a look at kids now, almost anyone could agree that they are always glued to their phones. They spend all of their time sifting through their news feeds, and looking at multiple pictures that have no meaning to them. I know this, because I am definitely one of these kids. Even though I realize it, I still catch myself constantly checking snapchat for updates, twitter for the latest news, and facebook to make sure I catch all of my upcoming events. They way I see social media is as a resource, which is what everyone honestly should do. But the way I rely on communicating with others is definitely more than a resource.
Often times, I catch myself in awkward face-to-face communication situations. I never realized it until recently. I act different in the ways that I communicate on social media compared to human interaction. This is because my whole life, I have relied on technology to do all of the work for me. I never really exercised my human interaction skills because I always had Myspace and MSN Messenger to use to talk to my friends growing up. So do I think that social media is taking over human interaction? Maybe. I think that kids should learn these vital skills that they are definitely going to need once they get into college, or start interviewing for jobs. Social media should be seen as a resource for mass media, and not as a replacement for all forms of communication