Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr are quickly becoming more and more popular around the world, with approximately 1.2 billion people using Facebook alone. It is easy to understand why social media is so popular with its users, not only does it connect people in a way they have never been connected before, but it also has a number of functions, games and apps to make sure you keep using the site. Using social media you can upload videos and photos to show all of your friends and family, you can update your status to let everyone know what is new with you and you can even play games online with your friends, challenging them or sending them free gifts.
All of this keeps us continually connected with our friends and family, allowing us to be involved in their lives. Furthermore social media has become an excellent tool for things like fundraising, allowing money to be raised for charities and helping ill people to find a match if they require a donor or funding for treatment, amongst a range of other good deeds.
Though the world’s population clearly love social media sites, or at least the majority do anyway, have you ever considered what the world would be like without social media?
Here are some ways in which your life would be different
- You would have to make the time to contact or meet up with friends and family for a catch up instead of relying on social media. These sites make us feel so involved in other people’s lives that we often forget to actually make the time to see them, which can impact upon the kind of relationship you have.
- You could actually avoid people you don’t want to speak to or see, people like old school friends that you have no desire to keep in touch with. Instead of receiving an uncomfortable friend request from someone you don’t like on a social media site and feeling obliged to accept it and allow them back into your life.
- There would be an air of mystery. Now when you meet someone you can look at their social media sites and pretty much know most things about them. Without social media sites there would be more mystery and you would have to form your own opinion of them from your experiences.
- You would need to sit and listen to experiences and look at photos at someone else’s pace rather than your own. With social media sites you decide which statuses you want to read and comment on and which photos you look at and like. Without social media you’d have to go back to the days where someone else is showing you their photos and telling you all about their life, whether you like it or not.
- Your friends would actually be your friends. Social media sites have completely changed the meaning of the word friends. Now your friends are determined by who is following you on Twitter or who is on your Facebook friend list, regardless of whether they are actually your friends or not. Prior to social media sites your friends were actually your friends, people you would see, spend time with, laugh and cry with and most importantly have a real-life relationship with.
- You would have to start remembering your friends and families birthdays, no more reminders from Facebook, and instead of just writing on their wall, you’d actually have to buy and deliver a card. And you would have to send traditional paper invitations for events, and keep a diary of events you are attending.
Perhaps the biggest of changes stemming from a life without social media….you’d probably work more and be distracted much less.