Looking Down When We Should be Look Up

Is social media even social? Anywhere we look there is someone on social media or on their phone not caring about anything else. Recently videos about social media use have come to light, “Look Up” and “I Forgot my Phone” saying that people use their phones to much. Wherever they go they are on their phones and do not even look at people when they talk to them because they are too busy liking a picture or sending a tweet.
Going into a public place most people are on their phones, they just look through their feed or look through post. These people are friends with people on facebook who they rarely talk to in person. Even when they see each other in person do they even look at each other? People are using their phones to “socialize” with others and do not even say hello to people they pass in the hall. In the article Frequent social media use is the new normal by Bruce McKinney, a communication studies professor, talks about how “tweets and text seem to be replacing actual eye contact and the more audible and direct ‘hello’ as students pass each other in the hallway (McKinney).” Students have stopped talking to each other in person and have replaced it with text and tweets, leaving out the actual socializing part.
Seeing people put so much thought into what they upload on social media is so confusing. In school many students do class work and they do not put the same effort. They put social media in a different level of importance compared to school work. When students go home, they do not go do homework as soon as they arrive, they use phones, computers, tablets, or play video games and that is why students always say they stayed up late doing their homework. But “if you read a book, paint a picture, or do some exercise. You’re being productive and present not reserved and reclusive. You’re being awake and attentive and putting your time to good use(Turk, Look Up).” By leaving our phones or devices we could be doing something more productive because doing something that will benefit you is always better, than time you can never get back.
Social media is a good way for news to spread fast. For example, when the photograph of a young African American boy who was holding a sign that read “free hugs” was getting a hug from a caucasian police officer after the events that went on in Ferguson, Missouri. The picture was shared over 400,000 times on Facebook and reposted by over 68,000 Tumblr accounts in less than a day. Is a way for people to find out things faster and in the moment it happens, instead of waiting for the news in the afternoon or next day.
Why do people use their phones so much? In class, people take out their phones, while driving, is social media more important than someone’s life? Everything that is on social media will be there when one has a chance to check it. People take out their phones so many times you can’t count, “The average person does it 110 times a DAY. Average number of times a user checks their phone is nine times an hour, with some users unlocking their devices up to 900 times over the course of a day, which in reality is around 18 hours,”(Woollaston). People take out their phone and unlock it 900 times, for what?
Social media connects people from around the world and helps you meet new people. “The world’s leading universities are leveraging social media to connect with prospective students, current students, and alumni,”(Penna). When you are on your phone trying to meet new people on the internet, there could be someone who wants to be your friend. They want to get to know you, but you do not let them because you are always on your phone. Social media is only a distraction, it is things you can find out about the person if you only took a few minutes to talk to them in person. Social media only cuts the cords you have with friend rather than helping you create more. You are always on your own and rarely talk to anybody so why would anybody talk to you.
Social media is just a distraction that could be push aside, if it is important you will find out sooner or later. Social media is the opposite of what it is called because it does not even help you connect, it makes you more lonely. People are always on their phones and they never look up to see what they are missing of this world they live on. For the sole reason that they are being social, but are they? How would you know if someone is listening to your crying and problems and not just swiping past it.

Works Cited
McKinney, Bruce. “Frequent Social Media Use Is the New Normal.” New York Times. N.p., 23 Sept. 2013. Web. 27 Nov. 2014. <http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2013/09/23/facebook-and-narcissism/frequent-social-media-use-is-the-new-normal&gt;
Penna, Michael Dalla. “How Social Media Connects Us to the Things We Love and Transforms Life Experiences.” ClickZ. ClickZ, 19 June 2014. Web. 8 Dec. 2014. <http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2350864/how-social-media-connects-us-to-the-things-we-love-and-transforms-life-experiences&gt;
Woollaston, Victoria. “How Often Do You Check Your Phone? The Average Person Does It 110 times a DAY (and up to Every 6 Seconds in the Evening).” Mail Online. Associated Newspapers, 08 Oct. 2013. Web. 9 Dec. 2014. <http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2449632/How-check-phone-The-average-person-does-110-times-DAY-6-seconds-evening.html&gt;
Workneh, Lilly. “Photo Of Young Boy Hugging Officer At Ferguson Rally Goes Viral And Becomes ‘Icon Of Hope'” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 1 Dec. 2014. Web. 9 Dec. 2014.<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/30/young-boy-hugs-officer-viral_n_6244604.html&gt;

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