Oct 09 2017

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Story #2 First Draft: Is Socializing a Problem in Today’s Society?

Posted at 11:45 PM under Articles/Stories

With the quick advancements of technology and social media, people are now more focused on their phones more than ever. Technology makes people not want to pay attention to others, distracts them, and not want to talk to them face-to-face. Social media is a problem because this is changing how people socialize with each other in today’s society.

This problem is one that can’t resolve in one day. This issue is going to be solved, but it will take a long time for the solution to be in effect in society.

Social media helps people hide online. People also use technology as a way to talk to others more easily.

“Students are easily more distracted with technology and social media these days,” said Katie McClintock, a student at Morningside College.

Social media apps like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram help people be online regularly. Being online a lot will also help people be more open online than in person. Social media also makes easier for people to hide their real feeling when they are online.

According to Howard Gardner and Katie Davis, who wrote the book, The App Generation: How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World, said, “Social networking sites have transformed many social interactions into considerably more public affairs than they would have been in pre-digital times.”

The social interaction in today’s society has become a factor as in why social media is so popular and used all the time. The advancement of technology is going to make this problem even worse. The more advanced social media becomes, the less interaction there will be.

“Technology will advance more and will make less socializing and more at their phones which means less face-to-face,” says Katie McClintock.

Face-to-face interaction is more important than communication on social media because people can see each other in person and see the reactions on the faces of who they are talking.

People not interacting often can be seen on Morningside Campus when you walk to class or the commons. Students are connected to their phones like it is a necessity.

“Students use their phones more than ever which means that this helps them to ignore people when walking on campus,” said Dave Madsen, the head of the Mass Communications Department at Morningside College.

Locally, this is not as big of a problem as it is society wise. Morningside College has the Morningside Activities Council, MAC, to help students stay on campus and interact with one another. MAC is a way for Morningside to help with the problem but not solve it completely.

“MAC helps with the socializing problem on campus. They also spread the word about events that they are happening on campus well. They are doing a good job of bringing students together for events,” Hailey Burrus, a fellow student at Morningside College.

Is there a solution to the socializing problem? According to Dave Madsen, there is not a solution to this problem. He also says that Morningside cannot fix the problem of socializing.

Right now, there is a problem with no solution, and that is the challenging part that needs to be figured out before socializing is extinct. Socializing is a critical factor in how a society runs and go about every day. Without it, there is no society but just a group of people that are on their phones all the time. Society should not end up with people talking to each other online only.

Society is at a roadblock as to where they should go next to save interaction offline and still advance in technology. It is time for a solution, and it needs to be thought of sooner than later before it is too late to do anything about it.

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