This is about to be harsh. Prepare Thyself.
As I know I sound like I’m ninety saying this, but today’s youth really troubles me. Not necessarily because of how or who they are (well, yes), but because of what we’ve given to them and taken away. It’s what they’re becoming because of that, what side effect they are to our experimentation with socialization. It’s quite literally a disaster.
As seen with such fantastic examples (and classics) like American Graffiti, and Dazed and Confused, socializing back then was an actual event. You had your group of friends, you figured out how in the hell you were going to drive around all night, where you were meeting up, and that is what you did. By being out all night with these actual, real, and human friends, you met other new and interesting humans and probably smoked, and drank with them. You were out until it got blue outside, and OH SHIT, you forgot to wear a watch and its now probably close to four in the morning. Like I said, this socializing was an event. It wasn’t special, it was just normal.
Socializing today happens through a glowing screen that nine times out of ten is horrible for your eyes. And what are we doing? Staring at it, all day and night. We have these virtual “friends” (who we secretly criticize and hate), these virtual “events” we can RSVP to (we seriously never do) and this is your social life. Updating friends on your meals, most important events, daily conversations, and most recent pictures. Socializing is so convenient for us now that when it comes to actually getting out and seeing people, we refuse with excuses as dates with a virtual movie service, Netflix, or sitting on our bed all night watching pointless YouTube videos, or creeping people’s lives…you know you do it. We have made this such a trend that teen’s (and adults) do not want to get out and have fun with people, we don’t want to go dancing, we don’t want to drive around, we don’t want to bowl….we want to sit on our ass. Now teens have all these so-called awesome (actually dangerous) apps to fish through where they send nudes of themselves (that disappear into a virtual world forever), and at my dinner table I don’t see my family and friends….I see people with their phone turned towards their face for a Snapchat. I exploded when I received news that TEENS have their own dating app so they can meet other people. WHAT. They no longer drive around? Meet up at Drive-In’s? Meet at Football games where you always see a new face? Meet at a school dance, or the fair? No. They are meeting through the internet. Are you sick yet? You should be.
Granted, Social Media has done fabulous things for me. It introduced me to new patients, and launched a career I never thought about having. Therefore, I’m grateful for the internet. I learn more on it than it harms my brain. Why? Because I was taught how to use it correctly. We’ve let apps like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Meet me, Kick me, shoot me, whatever the hell else you can think of, turn our brains into social addicts to fake friends that don’t even care. Its taught us to sit on our ass, and socialize to a world that doesn’t even exist. “It wasn’t so great in real life, but with this edit and awesome caption everyone will think I had a great time. Thirty likes! Yes! I’m so awesome.”
Thats whats happening. In reality we are making ourselves more lonely with all of this “social interacting.” Why? Because it’s not real. When you post that suicidal status on Facebook? The twenty likes, and “praying for you” comments don’t make it better. The friend that picks you up, and stays with you till four in the morning does. There is a time, and a place for the internet, and you need to figure it out, because you are harming yourself. We have harmed our children, their train of thought, and tomorrows leaders. I encourage EVERY kid under the age of twenty to be forced into watching these movies. You know what their response will be? And I quote from the other night, “I never had times like those.” Yea, because you were in your room…Snapchatting.
Get off your phone, and the internet, meet people, and experience the world.
“She spoke to me, she spoke to me right through the window. I think she said I love you. That means nothing to you people? You have no romance, no soul? Someone wants me. Someone roaming the streets wants me. Will you turn the corner?” -American Graffiti
“If it ain’t that piece of paper, there’s some other choice they’re gonna try and make for you. You gotta do what Randall Pink Floyd wants to do man. Let me tell you this, the older you do get the more rules they’re gonna try to get you to follow. You just gotta keep livin’ man, L-I-V-I-N.” -Dazed and Confused