Attention: Students with Social Media
I have been working on creating presentations for middle and high school students about self-care and how to go about learning to love yourself based on my experience and the experience of those who I surround myself with. However, a major key I am missing is how technology has changed the way that teenagers interact and how social media makes growing up harder than it was for myself.
I was given my first cell phone in 7th grade, but at this time there was no social media. At least, not to the extent we have now. No one was really texting. You could leave your phone hours on end and you wouldn’t miss a thing. There was no Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat. I didn’t have a Myspace or Facebook at the time. Getting into high school, texting became more constant, but you had to control the amount of messages you sent each month. Paying for internet data was a joke. Your parents didn’t believe in it and if you had internet on your phone, you were a “cool” kid. Facebook became more popular as well, almost every single student having one. Technology was rising fast and cyber-bullying began to spiral. We all started to compare ourselves with each other and Facebook became a great way to make fun of people or stalk the “most popular” kids to feel bad about yourself.
Today, social media has only increased. Phones are attached to everyone’s hips. And the hallways of schools are cluttered with people texting in between class, scrolling their Twitter feeds, and planning their next Instagram post…at least I imagine. I, too, have my phone attached to my hip. In my own experience, outside of high school, it can be difficult to not compare yourself to others. To not worry about the amount of likes received and whether or not that means you have “true” friends. The age of technology has only made it increasingly difficult for teenagers to love who they are and be satisfied with the person they are becoming.
I would love to have a conversation with middle and high school students about the way their life is today. In regards to health, happiness, mental illness, and their use of social media. While I have the ability to talk to students in the high school I graduated from, I would love to spread the conversation out further than my town.
If you are a student (middle, high, and even university) and would be interested in being interviewed, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me @chelslauren92. If you know anyone who would be interested, please send their information this way. I’d love to be able to talk and speak to as many students as I can to compile a well-rounded amount of information in order to help as many students as I can.