The Instagram Generation

This article will be about the way we hide behind our phones instead of experiencing life, but first…let me take a selfie!
Yes, our phones, tablets and computers are slowly taking over our lives one step at a time. They are like small robots luring us in with a new gadget or setting every year. Personally I know that I always have my phone and ipod on me at all times I feel lost with out them, but is that a healthy sign? If not then my whole generation would have to change the way they live, we have grown up in a world that relies on technology and with out it I fear we would be lost and powerless.
It has gotten to the stage where instead of enjoying an event we feel the need to watch it through a tiny screen as we film or photograph the occasion, this is upsetting because it really takes away from the whole atmosphere of an event if everyone sits on their phones ‘Tweeting’ about what is happening instead of living it. Whatever happened to good old fashioned conversation at a party? You never see it any more, all you see is people taking ‘selfies’ or photo’s of their friends, or even being rude enough to text, skype call or sit on facebook instead of communicating to people.
The big question is why do we feel the need to tell our 500 followers on Instagram and Twitter everything about our lives? The answer is that we know nothing else, our main source of communication, friendship and company has become social media sites rather than nipping round to your neighbours house for a coffee. Sure, these sites are great to keep in contact with family and friends who have moved abroad, but how many people actually use these sites for that purpose? I presume it is a small majority of the people who use the internet.
My biggest fear right now is that these are the things that, in 100 years time, we will be remembered for. Do you really want to be remembered for taking an amazing ‘selfie’ and getting 1000 likes on Facebook or Instagram? Surely that can’t be the highlight of your life? If so then this generation has fallen harder than I first thought. Sometimes I feel like shouting “GO OUTSIDE AND BE WITH YOUR FRIENDS” when I read conversations on people’s Facebook walls about things they probably would never say to that persons face, do we really want to end up having a world where all arguments are held on the internet where EVERYONE can see them? No thank you.
I propose to you that we all take out one day of the week to switch off phones, tablets and computers for 12 hours to spend time with our friends and family. Trust me, you will feel so much better afterwards and will have memories that will always stay between just you and those people rather than the whole of the internet.
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Author: Jodie Paterson

I'm Jodie Paterson, a 24 year old Edinburgh based blogger! Born and raised in Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire, I quickly grew a passion for writing, photography and many other creative ventures due to the beautiful Scottish landscapes that surrounded me, and I'm now 5 years in to my blogging journey and still absolutely loving it!

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  • I’ve noticed this a lot at music gigs. It is disrespectful to the artist and those around you to film such events because you’re not living in the here and now. I hate it and it’s distracting. People would rather share their happy moments with people they’ve never met – why?! I think it’s to do with craving acceptance, sadly!