Time to Disconnect

Updated: Nov 12, 2020

By: Kyra Garabedin

Anchor Staff Writer

In a time where staying connected is more important than ever, I find myself feeling more isolated from friends and family than ever. Call me old fashioned, but I have never been a fan of using social media to keep in touch with anyone in my life. After the pandemic intensified, watching Snapchat stories and scrolling through Instagram posts became the only way to maintain relationships for many. That’s what social media is designed for, right?

Something changed over the past few months that prompted me to think about what social media truly reveals about its users. Carefully considered posts only highlight areas of a person’s life they wish to share with their followers. I began to question whether seeing my friends post on their various social media accounts actually gave any information about how they were doing.

It seems most social media platforms know exactly how to make someone see posts that make them feel upset and become further disconnected from society. Have you ever noticed how Instagram puts your significant other’s name, front and center, for you to see on that person’s photo whom you don’t trust? Did you lose your Snapchat streak with them, or worse, lose your place as their number one best friend? This can easily cause anyone to start jumping to conclusions, which leads to tension in relationships and even worse, trust issues. Again I wonder, if social media’s intended purpose is to allow us to maintain connections with people we care about, why does it leave us feeling worse than we did before we started scrolling?

I recently spoke with one of my peers who wishes to remain anonymous about how social media makes her feel. As an active user of mostly Instagram and Snapchat, she recently struggled with trusting her boyfriend after discovering he frequently chats with girls who are just his friends. Even