Amanda's views: Digital media is hurting relationships, which in turn hurts society because it is those personal human relationships that make up society. We see people all around looking down at their phones, not bothering to look up and notice the people around them. You never know if there is a person you need to meet, or someone you need to smile at. Digital media hinders this.
Whenever I walk into the cafeteria (the Cougar Eat) in the Wilkinson Center on Brigham Young University campus, I am always in awe at how many people are on their digital devices, not looking at anything but a small or slightly larger screen. My boyfriend and I were sitting in that area one day at a table, and not-so-surprisingly found that we were the only two people there (this was around 9am) who were not looking at a phone or laptop. It was incredible; people are so attached to their digital devices.
My sisters and I created a fake profile as a joke a few years ago. We used pictures from a catalog and random online searches to create the picture profile. Within a few days we had hundreds of likes and people requesting to be our friend. We need real life face to face communications to develop into individuals. It is impossible to do this over a screen. If our profile was completely fake, how many others are like that? We will only develop the way we are meant to if we have close personal conversations that help us decide who we want to be as individuals.
Here are our ideas explained further:
Communication in the 20th century is unlike any other time in history. The invention of the printer, telegraph, and phone has now led us into an age of digital wonder. But is this technology hindering society even as it improves our quality of living?
|Tailor's sister and her friends playing in the woods|
|Tailor's cousins on their mom's phone|
Conclusion: digital media is hindering the development of people, their relationships, their ability to communicate, and also hinders society as a whole. Let's set aside our digital paraphernalia and talk to people in person, not on screen, create our true identity without the help of devices, and save society!
Just for argument's sake, here is another group's opposing views of our argument.