Call me old fashion, but I’d take a face-to-face conversation over a phone call any day of the week. My generation is too caught up in the thrill of using social media to put themselves in the limelight and I try to stay away as much as possible. However, due to human nature’s tendency to be curious, I find myself caving more frequently than I’d like to admit.
When I do end up using social media, I using find myself drifting towards Snapchat, Instagram, and Spotify. Spotify will always be my app of choice due to my love for music that developed while growing up always wanting to be like my guitar-playing, music-loving, older brother. From the moment I wake up to the second I shut my eyes, there is nothing that the sweet sound of a guitar solo played by Jimmy page, Jimi Hendrix, or any of the other greats couldn’t fix.
After Spotify, I find myself frequently visiting Snapchat in order to communicate with my friends that I don’t get to see on a day-to-day basis. I’ve become a fan of Snapchat mostly due to the fact that it’s easy to use and sometimes the closest that I’m going to get to seeing some of my friends from back home’s faces. Unlike (most) people’s other forms of social media such as Facebook and Instagram where people are trying to keep up a certain image about themselves, Snapchat stories are always a better and more intimate indicator of what’s actually going on in peoples lives.
Being raised in a military family, I’ve lived all across the United States and so my friends are spread far and wide. Instagram enables me to keep up with and check up on friends that I don’t particularly still keep in touch with due to growing apart or the fact that we might live five thousand miles apart. I don’t post much, but just enough so everyone out there that cares knows I’m still ‘live and doing well.
In general, I find technology confusing to use and somewhat difficult to convey a message that could be easily delivered in person. While some people and writers are excellent at conveying emotion through digital text, I find this extremely difficult without being able to read the body language and facial expressions that would be present in a face-to-face exchange. In a person to person exchange, half of a conversation is a person’s body language and tone of voice, which cannot be picked up upon behind a computer screen; you never fully know exactly what is going on.