It’s implicated in the increase of extra-marital affairs and the demise of relationships. It’s the reason no one can be bothered to speak politely anymore. Our youth no longer know how to spell, punctuate, or write in complete sentences – and it’s all because of Twitter, and its damnable 140 character limit.
Look, I don’t have any statistics to back my thoughts up (no shame in that — 97% of people don’t), but I find it hard to believe everything wrong with the world today can be traced back to your niece’s latest status update about her totally boring day at school, or that chart making the rounds on Facebook designed to help you determine your Irish Leprechaun name. (Mine is Clover LuckyCharm – what’s yours?)
In my estimation (and this is just me spouting off here, which is something I usually do on Facebook, but I figured – what the heck!—why not here as well?), the problems with social media aren’t caused by technology itself, but with the people using it.
Yes, the problem is us.
Affairs existed long before the internet. Rude people have always stated their thoughts without concern for the feelings of others. And, as a former elementary educator from the pre-Twitter era, let me assure you – our youth have never been able to spell, punctuate, or write in complete sentences. That’s why we send them to school for thirteen years.
Social media is what we make it to be. We can use it to create isolation from real life relationships, or it can facilitate connection between far off friends and family. We can flood our pages with Instagram pictures of the lunch we just ate, or we can post beautiful photos of breathtaking scenery. A few key strokes can launch words onto the internet that uplift and encourage, or they can broadcast thoughts that will create enmity and needless drama.
It’s up to us, to you and to me, to decide how we want to use it. Or not use it. After all, no one is forcing us to log online every day.
But remember, you’ll never learn your secret pirate name if you don’t.