Ok, so this is an unusual topic for me. But, tonight I was thinking while browsing a popular social media website, there’s so much happening there, but nothing I wanted to see. Not only that, but I’ve probably missed the posts I did want to see. And if I have, what happens to our important words, when we no longer communicate one-on-one these days, who hears our concerns and cries for help? Most importantly are they still taken seriously when so many people use this form of socialization to communicate them, and is it actually effective or just part of a new culture? Are we suffering as a result?
As teenagers we all wanted to have a voice. We hid in the dark, with our terrible fears and uncertainties. We never knew if we were “normal”, we never knew if we truly fit in with our friends or had someone true to talk to.
So the times move forward, and as they do, decade after decade teenagers find a new way to express themselves. It seems we have been “blessed” with social media this time. Social media was meant to give teenagers and young adults a voice. Instead it has opened up a whole new world, not necessarily in a positive way. Now everyone has a voice, and it’s not always used in the way it was intended. Who is actually being heard?
In a world where we now have mass advertisement, target advertisement, new fads and people always finding a way to expose the flaws. Where are the individuals?
When I was in high school teenagers wanted to find a way to stand out, sometimes the standing out became a new “thing”, but it was about being an individual and when you found a number moving in the same direction, you would stray and find something else. Now it seems we have one extreme after the next, we have gone so far, or so it seems. Teenagers and young adults are fighting each other for the spotlight, going so far out of their way, does our society even have a place for shock value?
I don’t know about anyone else but the internet is filled with roaring advertisements, sometimes in unexpected places. The story about a celebrities weight-loss secret now seemingly innocent and just “news”, now takes us directly to an advertisement. Advertising is hidden in blog posts, news stories and at the beginning of most videos we watch online. We have escaped advertising as we knew it on tv and radio, and now it has found a new shape, as it tries to blend in, as we all try to be heard.
With all of this loud noise invading our “social life”, how are we meant to be heard? And when we have something real to say, why is it no one can hear us? Or our message is lost in the social highway of once inspirational or amusing phrases and images, that now becomes merely background noise where occasionally we make out something specific. We hear it, but are we listening?
Is there any wonder why our children are declining? Trouble reading, trouble writing and children with attention and discipline issues. Where’s the lessons we were taught? Sometimes in life you’re going to be bored, you might have to occupy yourself, you will have to actually sit quietly with your own thoughts and learn how to cope socially. We didn’t have electronic devices produced conveniently, we knew what our parents, guardians, care takers expected of us because we had to learn. How do we learn patience? By being placed in a situation requiring it, we must practise it. The same way we learn to walk and crawl. We are creating impatient adults, only looking forward to what comes next and never enjoying what they have right there in front of them. Take this post for instance, deliberately no images, pretty colours or flashing lights… And it’s not as inviting!
In a world where we can so easily socialise with our peers, family, friends and acquaintances why are we struggling to communicate? There are so many children, teens and young adults with coping issues, in a society dominated by socialization… Where is their voice?