A powerful message on social media and the effects of digital technology.

Look Up. A Powerful Message on Social Media and the Effects of Digital Technology

“Look up” is video with a powerful message for today’s youth and anyone that is a part of today’s digital generation.

“Look up” delivers a powerful and key message: as we continuously engage day after day with our social media profiles and our “online friends”, we are forgetting about the real world. We are no longer focussing on real relationships, but focusing more on our online, and often fabricated friendships.

No longer are children playing outside, but instead playing video games. No longer are people having real-life conversations, but rather communicating only by text message or social media. Many think that they have hundreds of friends, but in real life they are surrounded by loneliness.

This video encourages us to put our cell phones down and get off social media to get back to what’s important – our real relationships in the real world.

“Look up from your phone, shut down the display, take in your surroundings and make the most of today”.

“This media we call social is anything but, when we open our computers it’s our doors we shut”

This is message that we all need to hear about the effects that digital technology and social media is having on our lives.

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Take from it what you will – we are not suggesting that you never send a text message again or that you need to close your Facebook account to appreciate what truly matters in life, but it is a good reminder that perhaps we need to focus on real matters in life and real relationships more. Perhaps social media is affecting our ability to communicate and enjoy what the world has to offer.

At SOS safety magazine, we stress the importance of online safety and are an advocate for anti-bullying. Much of bullying exists today online in the digital realm through social media. If you are finding that you have no control on social media and find yourself bullying others online, then disconnecting yourself from the medium would be a great benefit to you. Are you a target of cyber bullying? Then stepping away from social media and engaging in your relationships with people that truly love you and are a positive influence in your life would be highly beneficial. Learn more about cyber bullying.

What do you think?

Is social media creating havoc on the digital generation’s social skills?
Are we loosing quality of life because of social media and our lack of engagement with real people?

We’d love to hear your thoughts!