While I certainly have the view that “kids these days” are always plugged in to social media, it would seem that I’m not quite right.
Isabelle, an 18-year-old student from Bedfordshire who doesn’t want to disclose her surname, turned against social media when her classmates became zombified. “Everyone switched off from conversation. It became: ‘Can I have your number to text you?’ Something got lost in terms of speaking face to face. And I thought: ‘I don’t really want to be swept up in that.’”
While many of us have been engrossed in the Instagram lives of our co-workers and peers, a backlash among young people has been quietly boiling. One 2017 survey of British schoolchildren found that 63% would be happy if social media had never been invented.
I agree, it does seem like quite a thing to maintain some presence out there on social media so that people find you. I mean I get it, I’m working to build a business and bring in coaching students so…I guess social media is part of the way I need to do that.
But I don’t love it, in fact I kind of just don’t like it at all.