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Social Media: A Compare And Contrast From A Teenager And Mother

783 words - 4 pages

Due to the evolution of social media and technology, friendship has changed. The way people interact, hang out, and make plans has shifted from my mother, Pam Sauertig, to mine. Now 48 years of age, Sauertig has always lived in Montville, New Jersey, attending its public high school and graduating in 1984. Since technology, like the invention of a cell phone or the Internet, has changed dramatically since her teenage years, Sauertig was a good candidate to interview and compare to my teenage lifestyle. Technology and social media are always developing, allowing for connections to be made easier, changing friendships completely.
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Similarly to myself, Sauertig did not go to the movies often or do other things like bowling. However, technology has made getting information easier and gives us another topic to do or talk about. It also makes it easier to find plans last minute, instead of having to plan them in advance. Today, my friends and I, can play video games or see what other people are doing from social media. Even though these were not available for Sauertig, they have not revolutionized hanging out.
Sauertig’s views on social media vary greatly from my own. Sauertig believes that it has hurt my generation’s ability to communicate face-to-face and makes it harder to make mistakes; but it can allow connections to be made with people that otherwise could not be made. Social media allows people to hide behind their computers or phones and say things that they would normally not say. This can make if difficult when people try to communicate face-to-face, wanting to look away to avoid eye contact. Sauertig also believes that due to the urge people have to post everything on social media, it makes it more difficult to make mistakes when it is publicized and documented to the whole world. Social media has created a desire to know what everyone is doing almost...

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