My name is Tailor and I think that social media has decreased people's ability to know me as an individual. I personally do not put up a lot of information on social media sites because I would rather people get to know me for me and not for my likes on Facebook...
Technology has an intricate part of our society in modern times. People have the ability to be heard and express themselves globally with only a few clicks on a keyboard. Is the way we use technology, however, destroying our individuality instead of making it better?
We live in a culture where everything is accessible and information is at our fingertips. We are a global culture that craves individuality and has the desire to express ourselves.
Humans have always wanted to be recognized for their individualism. Martin Luther is a perfect example. He was in a society where everyone followed the church despite corrupt practices. He did not agree and was brave enough to stand up for his individual beliefs and break away from the Catholic Church forming his own religion.
In a TED talk given by Parul Bansal, she explains how humans need in-person interactions to develop themselves and who they are. The media gives a screen for people to hide behind so they lose the experiences that would help them develop themselves.
We do not need to go looking for chances to express ourselves anymore. Social media instantly provides buttons for us to press and select what types of music, people, books, etc. we like. We do not have to search anymore. Individuality is easy to find and therefore means less.
In times before technology, people had to determine who they were without posting their feeling to Facebook. The novel Jane Eyre shows how a woman must make her own choices (even when everyone around her tells her to take a certain path) and fight to be her own individualistic person.
This brings me to how expressing ourselves in modern fashions can be dangerous. Cyber bullying has become a way in which people can tear down their peers for their opinions or beliefs.
Personally, I used to post my opinions on politics or big viral trends. I was personally attacked for my political beliefs and after feeling awkward so many times for offending someone who thought differently than I did, I stopped socially expressing my opinions.
A touchy example is the recent supreme court decision on homosexual marriage. Although many people are not homosexual, they supported the decision. Many of my friends who gave their support do not actually believe in homosexuality, they voted pro only because they "do not want anyone to be offended".
Technology gives us the opportunity to have our opinions seen and heard, but there are so many groups publicly acknowledged, whatever we say we will offend someone. We lose our individualism by being afraid to say anything in order to avoid contention or being cyber-bullied.
Everyone wants to be an individual but nobody is really sure how to do it anymore. Technology makes it too easy to be overlooked. Because if everyone is saying their opinions, will yours even be listened to?