BUNYIP JOURNALIST LAURA COLLINS SAYS THE TREND OF SEEKING ANSWERS VIA SOCIAL MEDIA, RATHER THAN COMMUNICATING TO OTHERS FACE TO FACE, MAY HAVE SOME WORRYING CONSEQUENCES IN YEARS TO COME.
THERE is no doubt we are living in a social media generation, where we see Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter as integral parts of our day.
It wasn’t until recently that I was flicking through Facebook and questioned some of the ‘posts’ from my online friends and fellow ‘community group’ members.
Generally, I am very tolerant of people’s posts.
I understand that when a friend is out on a date night that they want to post pictures looking loved and ‘frocked up’.
I understand Mother’s Day messages and photos, which alert the world you do, indeed, love your mum.
And, above all, if you are posting pictures, or videos, of your pets, you can count me in as a guaranteed ‘liker’.
However, the alarm bells have been ringing with me recently, in particular, to individuals who use social media to ask the Facebook community personal, or just plain ridiculous, questions.
I can’t be alone in seeing these posts, such as, ‘does anyone know what that loud noise was on the main street?’ or ‘can anyone tell me how much they pay for insurance a month?’.
As your Facebook friend, or fellow member of a Facebook community group, I am confused as to why you have taken these questions to the social media sphere and haven’t just asked someone next to you at work or at home.
Facebook community groups appear to be very popular currently, and my concern is: what will happen to people’s communication skills in another five years?
It appears to me that so many of us have already lost our ability to ask the most mundane questions to those closest to us, but feel comfortable sharing them with our 500+ friends on Facebook.
Already there are so many avenues by the touch of a button that allow individuals to sign up, pay up or go out without having to face another person or talk over the phone.
Since seeing people ask these simple questions through social media, I have great concerns that our future generation will be afraid to ask questions to even their friends or family members.