The irony of this this story is you probably were directed to it via social media. But a growing percentage of people are coming here directly. As in typing in the URL and seeing what’s up. As people did before the Facebook monolith infiltrated people’s lives like stage four cancer. For now, even young Millennials, a generation which has served as a popular punching bag — often deserved — are purging their devices of social media:
The poll, taken in December, found that 34 percent of young users reported having deleted social-media accounts entirely. Forty-one percent of respondents said they waste too much time on social media, and 35 percent agreed that people their age are too distracted by their online lives.
The most popular apps to quit permanently are Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as the dating app Tinder. Snapchat, on the other hand, escaped most teens’ wrath.
This study focused on users between 18-24 years old. Which are young Millennials if not Generation Z. I admit to being fuzzy on what generation of college-age youths starts when. Then again, Millennials as a trundling mass, have confused scientists into moving up the age of adulthood to 24.
Let’s not get mired in the details of who is a Millennial and who shall not be tied to the avocado toast obsessed herd. For the better part of history, human beings have spent time being human. That is, going outside. Interacting with other humans in real life. Communicating with their voices, gestures. Not swipes, up votes, likes and emojis. While technology has the capacity to connect us, the digital age has also disengaged far too many people from reality. The Emoji Movie. I rest my case.
When young people, who’ve grown up with tech, begin a soft revolt against it, others will follow. Who else is tired of meeting a person for coffee, only to have them ditch you for a tweet? Who else is losing interest in the red notification button Facebook uses to keep you tethered to its app? Who else wants to swap their #nofilter photos of beautiful locations for the actual locations?
Genuinely curious. As someone who stares at a glowing screen as part of her job, I’m disinclined to spend recreational time in the digital world. But this study, and others which will likely surface, indicates I’m not alone. Will I see you in the real world?