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Are We Too Reliant on Social Media?

Cielo Giandomenico | Editor

Lately, I've been hearing people talk about how obsessed my generation is with technology; phones, computers, and specifically social media.

Photo Credit: Robin Worrall

Saying I should get the news through a newspaper or go play outside with sticks. People say without technology we’d have no idea what to do with ourselves or how to survive. I think part of that is true as I find myself wondering where my phone is at all times, and I can’t leave the house without it.

For example, there is a certain knowledge that I wouldn’t have if it weren’t for social media. Human trafficking is a big issue across the globe and kidnappers are getting smarter with their tactics. Through social media, I’ve learned how to detect a possible threat, how to defend myself, and who to contact in an emergency.

In general, there are many apps that help people in their everyday lives. My mom uses the Fitness app to track her daily steps and calories burned. My dad uses an app called "Freestyle Libre" to track his blood sugar and help control his diabetes.

Social media gives you a variety of news outlets. Getting the daily news from a newspaper or local TV channel can be biased depending on where you are. Although social media may contain fake or misconstrued news, the wide variety of outlets allows you to vet your own information.


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