Social Media Is Ruining Our Lives


Jillian Aversano, Staff Writer

It’s time we all stop looking at our phones and pay attention to the real world. Today, people rarely have quality time with one another or in person-conversations. They seem to never pay attention to what’s in front of them. Everyone in this world (including myself) is too consumed with trends, new filters, people not texting back and the latest apps.

I know from first-hand experience that my brain is consumed by my phone. I wish this wasn’t the case. I hate being so reliant on something.

I feel as though we all need to break free from the “normal,” which is always being on social media.
Tiktok, Snapchat, Instagram are all platforms that are taking away the childhoods of the upcoming generation and our current one. Upcoming generations are not going to be growing up and drawing with chalk or playing outside, they’re gonna be growing up always on technology and wanting to have Tiktok right away.

Social media is a terrible thing, and we don’t realize it.

It promotes cyberbullying and makes young kids compare themselves to others. Being on social media is a prime source of depression and anxiety in teens and adults. If kids nowadays are dealing with the negatives of social media then imagine the generations to come and how this will affect them.

Social media is destroying our youth. We need to be more present in the moment and in the now. Social media destructs self esteem, especially in girls. Depression, anxiety, eating disorders, self-harming behaviors, and even substance abuse can come from being on social media.

The more time spent on social media can lead to cyberbullying, social anxiety, depression and exposure to content that is not age appropriate. In all honesty, I am not saying to completely take away social media or technology because it definitely has its benefits and upsides.

But, when you think about it, growing up our generation did not have much social media, but it has so many platforms now.

I feel parents should cut their children’s use of technology time in half. Young kids shouldn’t be growing up attached to an iPad. They should be playing outside or in sports. I say we need to show parents how it’s affecting kids.

And for people other than children, we need to stop and take a look at what social media and our cellphones are doing to us. We need to take a look at what’s in front of us and take in the moment without our cellphones.

I feel we need to do something for the upcoming generations and for ours. We need to take action, so we don’t have our phones constantly glued to our hands.