How much of our time should we spend on Social Media?

In most places on the planet, the Internet has a large impact on our lives. If you watched the recent superb own halftime show, you may have seen the Massachusetts kid who took a selfie with Justin Timberlake in the middle of his performance. This has sparked conversation recently, as some are questioning whether capturing the moment was as important, as living in it.

Mark S. said, “I understand that he wanted to have a selfie with Justin Timberlake, but everyone around him had phones anyway, so it’s not like he wasn’t going to capture it. He really should have just lived in the moment, rather than worrying about saving it.”

Could the boy’s first instinct to pull out his phone been because he wanted to save the moment so badly, or could it have been something more.

”I’ve spent more than an hour on Snapchat today.” Said John S.

To some that amount of time may sound long, but it is almost normal among SnapChat users to use the website for such long times. All those small sessions add up. In fact, SnapChat encourages prolong use of their social media with “Snapchat streaks.”

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”A Snapchat streak is when you send direct snaps back and forth with a friend for several consecutive days. The longer you go without breaking the chain of communication, the longer your streak is. Snapchat rewards longer streaks with special emojis, such as the “100” emoji for streaks lasting 100 days, or a mountain emoji for an extremely long streak.” As business insider describes it.

“I like the streaks, they encourage me to talk to my friends more often. I don’t obsess over them, but I think they had good intentions.” said Sarah S.

“I don’t really care about the streak, people can get weird about it sometimes.” Said James D.

Even just 15 years ago It wasn’t as easy to contact a friend. You still had to press physical buttons to text them basic messages or call them on their phone.

“I spent over an hour on a few Social Media’s in the last 2 days. I think this amount of time will grow because we live in an age where technology has a large presence in our lives, and people have the ability to talk at any time, anywhere.” Said Eddie G.

 

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