Social Media Speech
Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr are just a few of the websites that consume the vast majority of anyone who can afford a computer or phone’s life. While it is such a huge part of our lives, it leads to the question, do we even enjoy it? Or is it just another way for people to fit in with today’s society? It is undeniable that social media makes our lives easier.
Within the clicks of a few buttons you can plan something with your friends, have a whole conversation with somebody or share your opinions with the whole world. Many people have referred to it as a way of socialising, but it just isn’t the same as meeting up with somebody and going somewhere together. While it seems as though we are just making friends in a whole new way, social media is quickly becoming something that we will not be able to live without.
For example, when you are out at a party, despite there being an endless amount of new people to converse with, you still see many people take a break in the middle and sit down to check their Facebook feeds or what people they’ve never met before are talking about on Twitter. Although it is normal for people to want to know what is happening in the world around them, is it really that difficult to put the phone away or turn the computer off for a while and just talk to somebody face-to-face?
While social media is one of the easiest ways to communicate between friends, it has also become a way to start fights or bring down a specific person. If you have ever been on any social media websites, chances are you have most likely seen a virtual fight happening right before your eyes. Usually these fights are something that become forgotten after a day, but sometimes somebody defending their friends can turn into a violent battle between people who are clueless about what they are even fighting for. It is arguable that the social media of today is making people dumber.
The fragmentation of already simple words, the misuse of grammar and the many new slang words being developed because we are having too many conversations to handle are just some of the things that have made communicating easier than social media had in the first place. While this is an acceptable way to talk virtually, it is a way of language being adapted by the younger generations that can affect their education. Not just in the way that people have learned to ignore grammar and spelling, but also making people lazier.
While social media has its good aspects such as communicating with people from other cities or countries who you never would have met otherwise, easy communication or staying up to date with what is happening globally, its many flaws have made it more of a villain than a hero of today’s society. It all leads to the question, will we ever be able to leave the grasp that social media has on all of us? Or are we doomed to live in a society that has been overtaken by the endless power that social media exerts?