To social media, or to unsocial media?


Alyson Sudak, Staff Reporter

These days social media rules the world. People are so engulfed in what’s happening to who and where everyone is, we never really stop to think about why we spend so much time reading tweets such as “had eggs for breakfast” or seeing yet-another-infamous selfie., Americans spend an average of 22.4 hours a week on social media.

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Last school year I watched helplessly from my Twitter feed as my grades ever so slightly kept dropping. “I’m a good student” I would tell myself as I would sneak a glance at my Instagram feed during history class; or while I was working on a project, or just overall ditching the project thinking “I’ll do it later, right now I have to watch this Twitter fight.” After the school year ended and I stood there with my GPA I thought, how could I have made this better?

Looking back on my freshman year I saw a lot of Instagram pictures and Twitter updates, and not so much the actual school part. So I made the bold decision to delete the social media that ran my life for no apparent reason at all, and to be honest I could not have made a better decision in my high school career. My grades have all been getting better, I learned how to play the guitar along with playing the piano more often than I did before, and I joined track, because why not?

The best part is I get to participate in the actual up close and real part of life constantly; rather than staring dully at my phone screen for hours on end in the middle of the night (be honest, you’ve done it before.)  New technology keeps coming out encouraging you to spend more time on your device, but I dare you to get off of it, and discover the life part of your lives, because there is no way that you were intended to spend it on Instagram. Trust me, you will thank yourself.