Social media has been part of our lives for over 15 years now. It all began back in 2004 when Facebook was first launched. Sure, before that there were other platforms such as Hi5, or Myspace.
However, it wasn’t until Facebook made its way into the online world that things changed for good. As a matter of fact, nothing has been the same ever since. But, is this good? How has social media changed the way we live?
Well, after Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp went down on March 13th 2019, we decided to take a trip down memory lane and write a short article about life before social media. So, here we go.
Life Before Social Media
The lives we used to live before social media are one hundred percent different to how we live nowadays. But, is this a good thing? Well, to put it briefly, there are some benefits we have thanks to social media that we didn’t have before.
However, life before social media wasn’t so bad either. For example, before social media existed, kids used to go out to the park and play with their friends. I myself am part of that generation. In short, there was a lot more human interaction before social media became a thing.
At present, things are much different. For example, kids are taught how to use social media at a very early age. Instead of playing soccer with their friends outside their homes, they chat with people on Facebook or watch cat videos on Instagram.
But, that’s not all. In fact, there are quite a few other things that have changed since social media took over our lives. Here are some examples:
1The Need For Photographing What We Eat
There was a time when people used to eat their food the minute it was served, rather than taking a photo of it before eating it. For instance, you would go to a restaurant with someone and start chatting about life while enjoying a nice meal.
Nowadays, things are different. In fact, people feel the need to constantly be posting everything they eat online. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with it, but yet, we can argue that social media started all this.
2The Need For Posting Every Detail Of Our Personal Life
Remember what it was like to tell a friend a secret? I do. Back when there was no social media, people could share their personal life by talking directly to a certain group of friends. Now, many users, especially teenagers like to post literally every detail of their lives on Facebook, or Instagram.
Perhaps a fight with a significant other, or an indirect post about someone they don’t like. Social media has allowed people to learn everything about their contacts, even if they don’t know them very well.
Finally, let’s talk about bullying. It is unfortunate to say that bullying has always existed. But, before social media became a thing, one could take a photo of oneself without having to worry about someone spewing nasty “opinions” online.
Unfortunately, there is too much bullying on social media. People love to criticise others all the time. So, a “popular” person can never post something without having at least one hater attacking them.
These are some of the things that changed and didn’t exist in life before social media. Indeed, they all might sound negative. But make no mistake, social media does also have a very good side. And you can read about its benefits here.
Social media is indeed a double-edged sword. There are both positive and negative aspects of using it. On one hand, it is the perfect tool for people to reach success, find love and more. Whereas on the other hand, it drives the youngest of our generation to focus only on what they can see behind a screen.
In other words, the main negative aspect of social media is that it keeps people from interacting with others in the real world. Now, I am not trying to generalize the thought. Certainly, there are people who know how to balance time for themselves, and time for social media.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of users online don’t do the same. But despite all of this, I think it’s time to accept that social media is here to stay. So, the best you can do is examine how you want to live your life – with or without social media.
Either way, it is possible to benefit from the perks offered by social media, and still interact with people in the real world. It is all up to ourselves.