Posted by: Megan Stein
Comedian Louis C.K. is convinced that if Jesus returned to earth we would all be too busy Tweeting about it to realize what is happening. During his visit on the Conan O’Brien show, Louis C.K. criticized the way we use social media during events. Charlie White, a writer for Mashable, wonders if he may have a point. Social media has us looking at a screen instead of appreciating what is happening before our eyes.
Although Louis C.K. had a humorous angle on the topic, he brings up a good point. Instead of focusing on what is happening at the current time, we are concentrating on Tweeting about them or snapping pics to add to our Mobile Uploads on Facebook. Social networking sites such as Fampus for college campuses encourage students to take pictures of events and post them to the live feed of the site so viewers can stay constantly updated. The need to stay in the loop often times outweighs experiencing something without the use of social media.
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According to an article on the Social-Able website, social media is major part of our lives. The article lists the top ten reasons to use social media, most involving business or promotion. If social media is primarily used to get support for ideas or products, why do we feel the need to use it as a basis for discussion about every aspect of our every day?
The answer is simple. We are interested in what our peers are doing. Louis C.K. may be an exception to this rule, but most celebrities, companies and every day people have found social media to be an entertaining and successful way to share our lives with those interested enough to press the “follow” button on Twitter. The three inch screen that is our smart phone doesn’t always hold us back from experiencing that outrageous concert, it helps preserve the memory of an event we may want to relive in the future.
How does using a smart phone consistently throughout the day hold us back from experiencing the reality of daily life? Do you think social media has the ability to make events better than they seem?