Anti Social Media

Hydro Dale

Unlike her friends and almost everyone she knew, she wasn’t plugged into Social Media and had no interest whatsoever of joining her friends and family on Facebook.  Befriending people the old fashioned way suited her better.  And it was safer to connect to people she could actually see. She didn’t trust anything online—too intrusive and dangerous.

She couldn’t believe how people indiscriminately shared their information with people they didn’t really know and how eager they were to get those “likes”.  She had seen the toll Social Media had on youth.  Online bullying had led to her younger sister’s suicide.

100 Words

This was written for the Friday Fictioneers challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields For more details, visit Here.  To read other stories based on this week’s prompt, visit Here.

38 Replies to “Anti Social Media”

  1. Sad but all too often true. The online experience allows us to connect like never before, but it also makes it easier to disconnect like never before. Things aren’t as real when they’re pictures and words on a phone or computer.

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    1. Yes, it is a sad reality. Online we are able to connect with others, even family members but it can take away so much face to face time with our loved ones. And you’re right about things not being as real when they are pictures and words on a phone or computer. My son likes being on the computer playing his games but he likes spending time with me. Social Media has its benefits but it should never take the place of quality face to face time with friends and family.

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    1. I think that I can sometimes get too caught up in blogging. I’ve been reprimanded by my family because they think I spend too much time on the computer blogging. I agree with you. I too prefer face to face conversation, eye contact and seeing someone smile. Social Media is convenient and a good way to meet new people who share your interests–in my case, writing but as everything else, it should be done in moderation.

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      1. I rode the trains and buses of New York. I learned to read eye contact and body language. I can’t tell you how m any girlfriends came from these brief encounters.

        Today’s generation, I watch guys stumble and bumble because they can’t maintain a decent conversation. Social media was the final dagger in romance.

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      2. You’re right. I remember riding the trains and seeing interesting people. I wrote a story of a guy who met a woman he was attracted to on the subway, unfortunately, he was married. Anyway, many people have met their significant other on public transportation. And you’re right about guys fumbling with words. Romance fared better before Social Media came on the scene.

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      1. Grrr.. annoying in the extreme. I look forward to that hour in the afternoon of just relaxing and winging birds at pigs in nonsensical pleasure.

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      2. I hear you. I should consider spending less time in front of the computer and more time outdoors. It’s nice to just sit outside and enjoy the sunshine, listen to the birds sing and watch people come and go.


      3. It is when it’s not this humid. 98 degrees with at least a 96-98% humidity… makes it very difficult to breathe for me.

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