Can You Detach from Social Media?


McKenna Bowman and Hali Maynes

Social media has a grip over almost everyone. Almost everywhere you look people have their faces in their phones, most likely on social media. Kids and teenagers are on Snapchat, Instagram, and other platforms. Some of these kids, teens, and even adults are addicted to social media. What if you had to detach forever? 

We’ve interviewed some teens and what they have to say about detaching from social media and their responses varied. As we all know, social media is slowly taking over and  becoming an issue in our everyday lives. There are many positive and negative effects of detaching from social media. 

Some positive effects of being on social media is that it can help others learn. Social media can help these people by using platforms such as youtube, this can more so help younger kids who aren’t in school they can use it to learn things such as their alphabet, how to count, and other educational purposes. 

Another reason why social media can have a positive effect on people is because it helps you stay in touch with family, or friends. Platforms such as FaceBook can help you stay in contact with older relatives, and seeing what’s going with these relatives and other family out of state. 

Though there are positives to social media, there are also negatives. There’s also negatives to social media such as bullies, unrealistic expectations, and less human contact. 

Bullying is very common on social media, lots of people like to spread hate out of jealousy, envy, or just for no reason. Unrealistic expectations can come from these models with thousands or millions of followers/likes. Constantly relying on social media can hinder human connections because you can talk to them on social media, and see what their up to on it. 

We asked what their daily average screen time is and Kelly Hargis answered “4 hours a day, way too much.” Abby Jane responded, “4 hours and 18 mins.” Four hours of their lives being spent on social media is that to much? Social media is distracting teens/adults all over and even causing them to not get things accomplished or turned in on time. 

What could they be doing if they weren’t spending so much time on their phone?  Abby Huhn said, “Sleeping, eating, doing sports, or hanging with friends” Hargis responded, “I would probably study more and go outside.” Could being detached from social media result in better grades and being more active? According to it claims that “Social media has a damaging effect on the lives of students’ since it can negatively affect relationships with others, cause them to inattentive, and can get cyber bullied. Students will always have the choice of how well they do in school. They are in control of their own grades, and what they want to retain.” Social media is addicting and people find it hard to even consider being detached from it.