Addiction to Social Media
By Tuanh Le ’19
Growing up, I always had technology around me. We had our first family computer when I was in 2nd grade and I was basically hooked ever since. I learn way more via social media than I do in real life. Social media and technology introduced me to a whole new way to connect with my friends and extended family. I had Myspace when I was still in elementary school, and by my teenage years Facebook had taken over. I personally started using Facebook during the 7th or 8th grade but I didn’t become an active user (posting pictures or comments) until the 10th grade. However, with Instagram and Snapchat becoming more popular, I found myself using facebook less often. It was easier to detach myself from Facebook once I learned that my parents and family had accounts, meaning that I could no longer post whatever I wanted. I don’t want my mom to know what I’m saying or how I’m feeling. Now, in my senior year of college, I find myself logging on to Facebook to only look at memes or cool videos. I rarely,if ever, post anything; I do change my profile pictures from time to time. It’s actually funny considering the fact that all of my friends my age do the same thing as me while my mother, my father, and my aunts post images, live stream, comment on everything, etc.
The increased presence of family members and older generations has pushed younger generations, myself included, out of Facebook. It also pushes younger people to use other social media platforms because there are no older family members looking at our posts and commenting on our daily lives. For instance, I would most likely never post my Instagram pictures on Facebook because I know it’s usually more explicit (middle fingers, type of clothing, makeup, etc.) and I don’t want my family members to know and secretly judge me on what I’m doing. It came to my knowledge that even though we, as a whole generation, made Facebook ‘famous’, we don’t really use it mainly because we know our family members are on here. We already see them every day at home, we don’t want them to know what we do outside from that, much less our parents. In this sense, we use social media platforms to be our true, uncensored selves, which cannot happen when we feel watched and judged by our older family members.
During our presentation for class, I stated that in 2011, there were 57 million
Like I said up above, when there is an increase on parents and family members on a website we think is ‘cool’, it suddenly becomes uncool so we leave to other social media like Instagram and Snapchat. In our presentation, I talked about a study done in
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