Greetings. I am a 22 year old, on the cusp of finishing my undergraduate studies as a Psychology major. Being a 22 year old at this time, is quite the interesting social experiment. I have always viewed myself as a social guy, but after cutting down on my usage of social media/screen time, I have felt as though I am slowly isolating myself from my peers. I am having a hard time relating with others my age now, as I never realized just how much conversations emerge from what is going on via social media and/or what is taking place on someones phone. Is it just me?
I was a big user of just about all popular social media sites: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter & Snapchat. Snapchat is the last app I still have downloaded & frankly I still spend some time on it, my goal is to delete it by the end of the Summer. Slowly, I have been shifting my time away from these apps and transferring this time wasted into time being usefully spent reading or just simply just noticing my surroundings/ being more present in the moment. Downloading the app Moment, has been a great help to track just how much time I used to/still waste on these “social” apps.
I am greatly concerned for my generation as this dependence to this artificial world of “likes” and the growing amount of time spent on screens is quite alarming. Coming across Tristan’s TEDTalk was definitely an eye-opener, and I want to do what I can to help join this great cause in fighting for a more humane design when it comes to our tech. I long for the times before me, when one was able to just give one a ring to hangout rather than being on call 24/7 whether it be for work, loved ones, or friends.
I find myself sticking out as a sore thumb, as one of the only college students I know of that is greatly concerned with the increasing onslaught of these advertising-based models of apps blindly manipulating our everyday actions. I am looking forward to learning from you all on how to educate, collaborate, and more importantly understand how to make life less of a strange dystopia ruled by likes.
Looking forward to chatting with you all in the meanwhile!