Social Media & Kids

How do you thinks social media is affecting our kids?

I am saying this with reference to kids in my area of India and what I have seen on social media. I am glad I do not have kids. The kids these days! They are nuts over this stupid thing called TikTok and make the dumbest videos of stupid movie dialogues and act it out while lip syncing to it. And they make the sickest and stupidest facial expressions.

You go to Facebook it is filled with young people from the ages of 25 and below to teenagers doing this stupid thing and sharing it. And Whatapp! The groups that I am in keep sharing some idiot or the other, who we don’t know, doing some idiotic thing on video. What is it with these folks?

I can understand doing a couple here and there but this is a series of insane stupidity and after a while they stop becoming even remotely funny. And worse, it’s spreading to some adults too! All in the name of getting a few likes and stupid comments. Damn you TikTok!

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Do Mobile Phones Help Or Hinder Socialising?

When we refer to a mobile phone today, it carries an entirely different connotation to what it did years ago. It’s amazing how mobile phones have changed over the years, far beyond simple mobility to much more through to texting, cameras, social media apps, banking and so on. Mobile phones are a multi-functional tool that encapsulates mostly everything we need to survive in modern society.

But most importantly, one of the the most interesting things about phones being what it does and doesn’t do for our social skills. We can’t deny our interaction with each has changed as relationships with our phones have become stronger, so let’s explore a few areas we’re all too familiar with in order to answer whether cells help or hinder social lives.

Hiding Behind The Screen

The ability to hide one’s emotions by using our cells is an incredibly powerful and desirable tool for many. For example, face to face interaction with another while arguing may become more heated when you can witness one another’s body language and words fly out without thinking in the moment. However arguing over text, it’s impossible to see or hear how the other person is actually feeling, all you have to go on is there choice and arrangement of words, and perhaps a few emojis on a message. The ability to downplay our emotions by using our phones as a filter, can help in some circumstances to think about what you’ll type before you send it, and even convey that you’re not at all upset about a situation you are. In opposition you can explain you’re incredibly happy for someone, even though you may not be. In person, hiding is a lot harder to do, as your body language, tone of voice,and language are a strong indication of your standpoint on a discussion. Using your phone to actively hide your emotions to prevent hurting someone is a positive for socialising. However, consistently pretending you’re not as happy, sad, or pleased as you express over your phone can begin portraying yourself to others as someone you’re not. This can hinder your social life by sacrificing who you truly are as you constantly dull/or even change what you think to suit and serve others.

On The Go

If you’re travelling, working and just generally a busybody, you may have little to no time as it is to dedicate to visiting your nan you haven’t seen for a while or having a catch up with your best friend. This is when mobile phones could enhance your social life, however, it can’t replace the impact of real face to face interaction, but advanced technology such as Face-time allows it to come pretty close. The same goes for keeping in touch with your sibling, friend, work colleague a text message to catch-up, or a phone call on your lunch break. When you’re physical presence is everywhere else but with your closest, a mobile can keep you connected to a degree, helping you to maintain connections with people when you’re away.

Living In The Moment

It’s not unfamiliar to go out for lunch whether with family, friends or a date and sometimes (usually by habit) be driven to look at your phone. Worst of all it’s probably not for anything of particular importance, it’s just a sudden impulse that takes you away from living in the moment. When you’re too concerned with taking selfies, tagging your location for every stranger and it’s dog to find you and posting on Facebook to update your status your constant connection to your cell could mean you miss what’s going on in front of you. Some people may think looking at your phone while you’re with them is actually a bit rude, which also hinders the socialising factor.

Dating

With a surge in apps such as Tinder and Grindr, it’s changed the game for romantic hookups almost completely. With people advertising themselves as a commodity online, the past protocol of  meeting people in person has somewhat taken a back seat. There are some drawbacks to discuss here. With Tindr for instance being concocted solely on the basis of how someone looks and swiping people left to right depending on whether you approve or not. This action entails judging people imminently and  encourages a shallow selection process meaning you may reject someone whose personality who would of perfectly gelled with yours. However, for those leading a busy lifestyle, it enables them to meet like minded people without having to actively leave their workplace or house to connect with someone initially in person.

The answer to the original question is, phones hinder socialisation when people use it as there only option to interact with people, as opposed to making an effort to see them face to face. After all, mobile phones don’t force people to carry them everywhere and compulsively look at them at every opportunity, that’s purely based on how individuals decide to alter their behaviour around phones, to an extent some may even have withdrawal symptoms. So in fact, when the questions of whether socialisation is hindered or helped by cells, actually largely come down to the choices of people, the phone cannot be blamed for hinder or enhancing socialising.

Diving Deeper Into Your Favourite Media

When you’re sitting down on a Saturday night, ready to put your favourite TV show on, would you consider yourself more of a casual viewer, or do you need to know everything about everything there is to do with the media in front of you? Maybe when you’re reading through a book, and you excitedly get to the end, are you disappointed it stops there? Do you immediately head online to see if there’s a sequel? Have you found yourself doing so more times than not?

No matter how you choose to spend your spare time, either with a good book or a great film, there’s a very good chance you’re curious about what comes next, or what the past of those characters you love looks like. So let’s see how we can dive just a little bit deeper into the entertainment you love.

Join a Social Media Group

There’s all kinds of Facebook pages and Twitter communities out there that you can be a part of, and these commodities are used day in and day out by casual groups, big and small businesses, and anyone who has a voice they want to be heard on a larger scale. So it only follows suit that there should be some groups out there that have the same interests in media as you do, and are willing to invite you in to talk all about it.

These places are great for sharing your theories and personal interpretations of certain texts, or scenes in the movie series you love so much, and you should have a bunch of people on hand to talk about it whenever you want to. After all, it’s hard to bring up the same idea over and over again with friends and family who have no idea what you’re talking about. So just drop a post, wait for some responses, and get back to them whenever you can – it’s simple.

See if There’s a Wiki

And no, we’re not just talking about sparse Wikipedia here. If the media you’re consuming has a long history to it, or multiple entries in the series either in the same or different canon, then there’s a very strong chance there’s a Wikia server out there dedicated to documenting all the lore. And if you’re someone who loves to learn and discover as a result of the entertainment you’re sat in front of, you should take full advantage of this fact.

And Wikias exist for all kinds of genres and formats – take Lemony Snicket as a good example: there’s even an extensive page for Daniel Handler himself. It’s always good to do some surround reading in your quest to become the world’s expert on fictional worlds that’ll win you some good points in a quiz.

Diving a bit deeper into the books, films, and TV shows you absolutely love takes a bit of time and effort, but there’s always a site or a group out there that’ll give you the information you’re looking for.

Building Your Social Media Presence in the New Year

We’re fast approaching the new year and many of us are aiming to make positive changes to our lifestyle that make us feel a whole lot more positive about ourselves and our lives. Now, social media has got a bit of a bad rep lately. Some say that they promote a standard of life that is beyond the majority of our means. Some say that people develop unrealistic perceptions of themselves and others. Some say that we waste too much time on it. But the key to everything is moderation and you can work social media to your advantage. You could make money from social media, you could meet new people, you could learn to love yourself – and what better time to start building your social media presence than the new year? Here are a few steps to get this venture off the ground!

Take High Quality Pictures

The majority of us take pictures on our smartphones nowadays. Sure, smartphone cameras are dramatically improving in quality, but you really can tell the difference when you use professional equipment. Why not invest in a DSLR camera and learn how to use it. You’ll have to get used to all sorts of technical photographic jargon such as “aperture”, “ISO”, and “aspect ratio”, and you will have to develop your own unique style. But being able to take top quality pics of yourself and your life will all be worth it! If you are interested in getting truly unique shots from different angles, you might want to consider investing in a drone of sorts. This can take aerial shots. Just make sure to check the drone’s image quality before buying – different drones have different purposes so they’re not all built equal.

Settle on a Colour Scheme

It’s also a good idea to come up with some sort of colour scheme that can tie all of your images together. Continuity is much more aesthetically pleasing. It can be subtle, but tying your images together with colour can make your whole feed look a lot better than if you mish mash different colours together. Of course, you don’t have to stick to this strictly, but it’s something worth bearing in mind!

Think Up Unique Captions

Most of us add a simple emoji for our captions. But why not engage with your followers and the people who are liking your pics? Come up with unique and fun captions that convey your personality and open up opportunity for conversation with others in your comments or DMs.

These are just a few steps that you can follow in order to help build your social media presence in the new year! They can greatly boost your interaction and increase the number of followers that you have and likes that you receive. Of course, instagram and perceptions of popularity aren’t everything. But they can be fun things to engage with regardless!