THE DEBATE OF whether or not social networks are actually social, has been going on since the days of AOL Instant Messenging. Older generations seem to feel that young people don’t talk to each other anymore, but young technology users argue that they are even more social than ever. So, who is right?
Gary Turk created this spoken word video to relay the negative effects modern socialization is having on today’s youth. However, Merriam-Webster defines the word social as, “relating to or involving activities in which people spend time talking to each other or doing enjoyable things with each other.” In that respect, the way people communicate now is technically social, despite there not being face-to-face contact. So if you enjoy Snapchatting Taco Bell’s new breakfast foods to your bestie, you’re still being social. If you want to sit in Taco Bell and eat a breakfast taco together, that too, is social.
Do you think Gary Turk’s spoken word video sends a message people need to hear about social media?