Social vs. Anti Social Media

This week was bitter sweet. I particularly enjoy logging on every week for the #greatedtechdebate. It always makes me think. This week the debate was We have become too dependent on technology and what we really need is to unplug.

Up until this debate, I was always about the idea of unplugging. I have always felt this was best for me. For me the idea of unplugging gives me the ability to step away from the hectic life I have chosen to lead and live in the moment. ย I particularly liked Prince Ea in this video.

This made me want to unplug almost instantly. Can we not even have conversations anymore? Are we really making ourselves more lonely by relying on social media for self gratification?

But then I listened intently to the disagree side. There main point was in today’s world there is not point to unplugging. They challenged the idea about relationships online not being “real”. How often do we use technology to communicate with loved ones? ย and what does unplugging really mean? Does that mean no social media or no electronics at all?

It really got me thinking about how much so many people rely on technology to connect with the people they care about most. If you are long distances away from friends or family we rely on social media to help us connect with the people closest too us. I know when I can have a conversation with a good friend or family it helps me de-stress and decompress. It really got me thinking is it even possible to unplug? How much of technology is ingrained in our lives? So much of technology is used in schools, homes, and work places can we really unplug?

Let me know what you think.



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7 Responses to Social vs. Anti Social Media

  1. deanbenko says:

    Good post Kayla. I feel like one of the few holdouts who still does not have a Facebook account. Most of my close friends and family live right here in the city, so until it was mentioned how great a tool social media is for keeping family connected, I hadn’t given it much thought. I can see how unplugging from these apps would limit the connections people have with distant family and friends. If I was in that situation, I don’t think I would be able to do it.

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  2. Erin Benjamin says:

    What I keep coming back to is “What is it that we’re unplugging from?” Is it social media or techology? If we’re unplugging from technology do we disconnect from the ability to dial 911 or have an AED administered in the case where my heart stops suddenly? I know that these are extreme examples, but I don’t think anyone would argue that we should unplug from those opportunities. That being said, I know that I need to be more mindful of my social media use and recognize the benefits to limiting my use in certain social situations.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts Kayla!

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    • mskbrodner says:

      I completely agree Erin. I’m not sure it is even possible to unplug from technology in today’s society. Who would want you to when especially in emergency situations technology is called upon? Thanks for the comment


  3. dalesh1 says:

    Im struck about the difference between unplugging from social media vs the difference between unplugging from work emails, etc. With that being said, I think the difference is choice, which then leads back to how do both of these interact us socially. Great insight this week! Have a great summer ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • mskbrodner says:

      I have witness a few ppl simply unplug from social media platforms like Facebook, s nap chat and twitter but continued to work using the technology necessary like email. I think it all depends on how you use tech and when. Thanks for the comment.
      Enjoy your summer also.


  4. Butch says:

    oh my goodness this is fabulous! i suggest borders. did you make this up or is it a pattern? so lovely! i just got a &qdor;uteam on" charm pack myself and can't wait to play with it. ๐Ÿ™‚


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