Social Media Meltdowns

 

A few days ago, my co-worker (fellow social media addict) and I went for some lunch. She began telling me a story about how her and her children were having a quiet night in. Her daughter approached her as she was jumping from Facebook to Snapchat to Instagram, and asked her mom to take a quick look at what she just made. My co-worker told her daughter to give her a minute, but her daughter’s response is quite shocking. “I meant when you’re done looking at your phone, mommy.” ….

 

Today, my classmate was finishing up her presentation. Toward the end, she started to gab with the class and explained to us that she didn’t finish completing a task because she got on Instagram and was immediately distracted. And this is a real problem for most young people today. I struggle with it daily, and I know other people who do too.

 

Tonight, as I scroll through different social media platforms to catch some sort of creative outlook/discovery on how people do/use things today with each social site (what I usually do), I find myself getting distracted as well. I get so lost way TOO easily. Sliding back and forth, and up and down..  It’s information overload at times, and it makes me feel overwhelmed a lot because it’s so easy to find out about any and everything about any and every thing. I also get this feeling of pressure, like I have to post something and I have to show people what I’m doing or what I’m seeing. So, I try to watch myself on social media sites.

 

I love social media just as much as anyone else, but all of this distraction is beginning to frighten me.

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How do social media sites affect the youth?

Growing up in a time where we rely so heavily on social media websites to feel acceptance can be quite draining. Throughout the years, I’ve noticed some changes in the way we are today because of these sites. The problem I see is that we all tend to over-inflate ourselves. And it seems like we’re all just begging for acceptance. I’m sure that social media wasn’t intended for this, but that’s what it’s quickly becoming. Taking all of this into consideration, I think about what this does to us psychologically.

When we over-inflate the way we are to other people, we’re usually doing it because we feel insecure or have a low self-esteem. So, to hide those insecurities and drowned out our low self-image; we brag and boast about ourselves, hoping we can actually live up to our new identities.

We post what attracts others to our site’s image. We post things for likes and comments. And when we get good feedback, it’s fantastic because someone cares! Posts are always so exaggerated and braggy because there’s always someone bragging about their latest trip to Cancun or their brand new $50,000 car. But they don’t post about how they go on vacation and buy fancy new cars all the time because they’re trying to fill a void.

I hope to see changes in social media usage in the future; where society feels accepted enough to post about who they truly are and how they truly feel.

 

 

Content Creators on Social Medias

Throughout the years, we’ve made many different breakthroughs through social media sites. Facebook allowed us to connect and give instant updates on our lives; until parents began joining the site. Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and Vine came along and stuck to the younger demographic because it allowed young students to connect with people close to their age, express themselves and how they truly feel without worrying about parental guidance. Because of these sites, they have opened up endless opportunities for people wanting to create content for the world. It’s a strange thing to think about, but it’s happening; it’s happening quickly.

Vine was the all-time favorite to many people my age. It was an application that allowed you to create looped, short six-second videos to post online for your followers and friends. It blew up so fast, and I remember my friends and I trying to come up with the goofiest 6-second videos. People were actually becoming famous and making money on Vine by building up their views and selling ads. Due to Instagram and Snapchat updates it was hard for Vine to stay alive. It eventually got bought out in 2016, and was later shut down. This took a toll on those who had been relying on Vine to make content, and make money. These people began making the same kind of content on Instagram, but it wasn’t as successful for them. Then, they hit the route with YouTube. Creators like David Dobrik, Liza Koshy, the Paul Brothers, Nick Colletti, and many more decided to go YouTube.

Vine shutting down may have been the best thing to happen to these people. On YouTube, depending on the engagement of advertisements within the videos, these people can make millions. They create videos, sell merch, and advertising through their platforms. For instance, Logan Paul…. (hate to use him as an example, but we’ve all heard of him by now) this 22-year old made $12.5 MILLION in 2017. He’s done this through creating ridiculous content in his vlogs, or video blogs. Don’t forget, he uploads “everyday, bro”. Some of the things you may learn by watching his vlogs is: how obnoxiously loud and energetic he is, how much he loves to push people to their limits, and how much he loves blowing his money and bragging about how much money he’s making. Not only is his insane income coming from YouTube, but Instagram and Facebook help him out too. He’s sponsored by big companies, like HBO, Pepsi, and other top brands; even after he uploaded a video of a man who had hanged himself. This money helped him create his own clothing brand too.

So, the question I ask is: where are these “content creators” planning on going? And what exactly are they trying to say to the world? Where is the impact?

Where do all the compact discs go?

I love music. No matter how old or what genre it is; it all makes me happy. I drive my 2004 Kia Sorento everywhere, all the time. She’s got a red hot AM/FM radio, and a classic CD player. I’m grateful just to have a working radio AND a CD player. In today’s world, people my age would “die” without an AUX chord or USB port to plug their phones in. And I totally get it because it’s awesome to have that type of luxury, but it’s not all that bad. If anything, I think it’s awesome that my only two options are the radio or a CD. It keeps me close to the music I listen to. I hand select my favorite artists, songs, and albums and I get to listen to them when I’m on the go, without using my phone in the process. When I’m at home I listen to newer music and I constantly change what it is I’m listening to. This is great and all, but I often forget about some songs, and I don’t always pay close attention to who’s singing it. CD’s are great for an intimate listening, but they have their flaws too. No one could ever forget about how sensitive they are to scratches. Other than that, I will forever be in love with CDs. Because of how times are changing, it’s getting harder and harder to find a place that sells compact discs. However, when I do find a store or shop that sells CDs (which is very rare), I get so lost. I know that compact discs are slowly dying out, but what about the people like me who still rely on them to get their daily fix of music?

Internet Killed the Cable Star?

The 90’s, a time when movie rental stores and cable television were a big boom. Movie rental stores made it to where you could take your family to your local Blockbuster, grab a few tapes or DVD’s to watch throughout the week and return them before or by their return date, and cable was so amazing because it was one of the best ways to know what was going on in the world and be entertained all at once. Now we have all of this at the tips of our fingers; thanks to the internet.

In 1997, the movie rental stores didn’t know what was coming. Netflix was founded, and later launched a website for movies to be rented through a pay-per-rental system. The movies were mailed through U.S. Postage, and like any other movie rental company; late fees applied, but this ultimately changed the way people access viewing entertainment forever.  It took off so quickly, but like anything that excels as well as this; there must be some sort of competition. In 2005, a video-sharing website called YouTube was activated. In 2006, it became known to be one of the fastest growing websites on the Internet. The difference between YouTube and Netflix is the instant access that YouTube offered to viewers. By 2007, Netflix announces that they will begin streaming videos, and another video-streaming website was created; Hulu. FortuneLords explains that, “by 2025, half of the viewers under 32 will not subscribe to a pay-TV service.”  These video-streaming sites are completely changing the way we view news and entertainment, and even the way we live our lives. As once heard from Link Neal with Good Mythical Morning on YouTube described it as “Internet-tainment”, and this is a very notable term that I’ve surprisingly not yet heard other people use today. Anyway, throughout time YouTube has teamed up with companies like; CBS, MGM, Lions Gate Entertainment, CNN, ABC News, and Google, because of this, it allowed them to post full-length movies and TV shows on YouTube. This made it remarkably handy to watch news on-the-go, or just have a quick laugh while waiting at the doctor’s office. “More than half of YouTube views come from mobile devices” (FortuneLords.com). This really puts emphasis on how immediate receiving information from this outlet can be, and how often we use it as a tool. Netflix and Hulu have even made their sites more accessible by creating mobile versions of their sites on cellphones. It’s quicker than cable television, and it’s either free or very reasonable pricing—unless you don’t have WiFi access, but if that’s the case then you can always sneak down to your local Starbucks and jump on their Internet. We now live in a world of cord-cutters, and the internet is quickly controlling the way we live our lives.