Why I fell out of love with the internet
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Dear internet, you used to be a fun place of self-expression, friendship and bonding. However, you seem to have lost your way and forgotten why we all came to you in the first place. You’ve changed, perhaps for the better, but maybe for the worst. All I know for certain is that I no longer hold the same feelings towards you as I used to. We used to spend hours together with you bridging the gap between the seemingly endless distance between myself and my friends; the pinging of MSN messenger and video calls filling the gap until we could next hang out at school, each other’s houses or the local shopping centre. These were the early days of our relationship and times were good, but then your friends from the social media club came around. At the time they were fantastic; they allowed me to connect with my friends at a closer and more intimate level. A simple tweet or post notified me as to what everyone was doing, where they going, and the latest happenings in their lives. That’s where it all started to go a little wrong. At first the change wasn’t too obvious and, at the time, it all seemed normal. Perhaps my generation were too young to be involved? I remember the buzz of going into school following reading an argument or seeing some form of mishap, ready to gossip about what seemed to be a great scandal published for all to see. What was once digital became very real, and potentially harmful. I remember our older counterparts telling us we had control over what we published and allowed the world to see and whilst this is entirely true, they forgot to warn us about the so-called 'positive' impact of social media. Of course, there were good periods during our time together; you introduced me to new friends, allowed me to talk to people I otherwise would never have met and even provided me with the necessary tools to keep long-distance romances from fading away. However, the bad times began to outweigh the good. With every like, friend request, retweet and comment came an instant sense of self-worth where our perceived sense of popularity became validated by the number of likes our profile pictures obtained.
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