The Age of Social Media

Because none of us can live without that phone

By Rashi Saxena

It’s difficult, when I am away from my phone for more than a few minutes. I begin to feel anxious, worried that someone might have updated a status or posted something and I would not be able to see it. And then comes the realization, the paralyzing fear that I might actually have to talk to someone to find out what happened. I realize that I might need to contact people without my phone and I know that no one will be able to do it. So, in

Sadly, this photo only has 983 likes. It should probably be deleted because it is not popular enough.  Photo:
Sadly, this photo only has 983 likes. It should probably be deleted because it is not popular enough.

an effort to keep our face-to-face contact to a minimum and our phone-to-phone contact to a maximum, we all try to keep our phones near ourselves and generally function like this:

7:00 a.m. – Wake up to our phone alarm. Quickly check Facebook for any notifications.

8:00 a.m.- Before silencing our phones for school, frantically check Instagram because someone probably posted a picture of themselves.

12:00 p.m.: Take pictures during lunch because everyone looks cute today.  Also take pictures of food because everyone is eating healthy so pictures are required. Post them on Instagram. Make a vine, watch the latest vines during lunch. Check Facebook and Twitter for updates.

3:00 p.m.: Check Facebook and Twitter again. Take more pictures after school because people still look cute at the end of the day. Post more pictures on Instagram.

4:00 p.m.: Check Facebook groups for what homework we had because we do not actually write anything down. Scroll down Instagram to see what everyone did today. Check Twitter to see what everyone is doing at the moment.

7:00 p.m.: After getting bored of homework, watch vines for entertainment, check Facebook, Instagram, etc., because we can’t miss out on what anyone did. “Pics or it didn’t happen” because actually telling people about the day’s events is obviously too much effort for us.

11:00 p.m.: Post a “good night!” on Facebook and Twitter, letting everyone know. Check Instagram once more to make sure your post got enough “likes.” If not, delete it.