Face to face conversations shouldn’t be a thing of the past

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The amount of friends you have online means nothing.

The amount of times I hear the statement “it isn’t the 1950s anymore” every day is somewhat repulsive. I am glad to live in a world that is no longer separated by the color of your skin, religious beliefs and inhuman standards and stereotypes for minorities. But at the same time, I wish I’d grown up in a time like the 1950s, a culture completely unlike our own.

A society before technology. A society that I wish my future children could grow up in, where your character is determined by your actions and how you treat people, not the society where you are judged by popularity due to how many “friends” you have on a screen.

A study concluded that when using technology, individuals feel “less satisfied” with their relationships and general quality of their lives.”

Too many people are judged daily online and this is why cyber bullying is at an all-time high. Mike Bokovitz, digital media production teacher at Mayfield High School, would agree. When asked if technology has changed the world negatively he said, “People begin to get safe behind the screen.”

Take for instance the cyber bullying story of Amanda Todd, who ended up dead. Even then she was continually judged online. The judging never ends, dead or alive.

Quite frankly, I want my daughter one day to want more than a #wcw, better known as Women Crush Wednesday, from her boyfriend. I want my daughter to appreciate things people do, to understand that just because she only has so many “friends” doesn’t mean she is unpopular. I want my children to have the same people skills that my grandparents have.

A study conducted by Brandon McDaniel of Pennsylvania State University and Sarah Coyne of Brigham Young University concluded that when using technology, individuals feel “less satisfied” with their relationships and general quality of their lives.

I know that I have been in relationships, friendly or romantic, which became less and less interesting over time. I normally associated this with getting older, but then realized the sad truth: I was so busy staring at a screen playing the newest game, Flappy Bird to Hop Hop Ninja to Trivia Crack, that I forgot to look at who was sitting right in front of me.

I would never have imagined a world with so many resources to connect, but so many people feeling lonely.”

We don’t need scientists to tell us that technology has changed the world around us.

Sophomore Anthony Gamerman is enrolled in the computer programming class at Mayfield. He said, “[Technology] helped further our society and lives greatly, but lately it’s [taken over our society].”

The society we live in consists of little screens and too much “connection.” I would never have imagined a world with so many resources to connect, but so many people feeling lonely. I just want a world in which I could name one person who hasn’t used a smart phone in front of me.

Everyone is living in this fake world, the world of the internet. We need to live in the real world, with real faces, not animated and pixilated. That is the world that I want my kids to grow up in.