09 Aug 12
I was born in 1994, so for me, we actually had the likes of Facebook and MySpace when I was in High School. This changed the way I communicated with friends in particular, all of a sudden there are social rules and codes to follow and learn that our parents just never had to deal with. Then you introduce cyber bullying into the mix and it’s all a little pressure cooker of issues that our parents, teachers and counselors couldn’t deal with because it had never existed before.
Now that I’ve left home and a lot of my friends, I’ve found that
the purpose of Social Media has changed for me. I used to be on
Facebook all the time, even felt the pressure to be up to date on
what friends had posted or even what kids at school who I didn’t
like had posted!
(that lame, I know) Now I
actually use it for a healthy amount of time a week and I’m
finding, for myself at least, that it is almost hard to keep in
contact with friends and family who I don’t see often WITH OUT
the likes of Facebook. When I feel homesick and I can’t go home
or call anybody, I turn to Facebook to talk to my family and
It’s kind of amazing if you think about it, the way we can still feel so connected to the people we love and at the same time a little bit suffocating as a teenager to feel so connected to everybody we know!
Social Media for me is an essential part of keeping in contact with loved ones, but in saying that, it isn't a salient part of our actual relationships. There is a big difference between the two that people seem to overlook when judging social media.