Assimilating oneself into today's culture is reliant on the basis that we are able to utilize technology to its greatest potential. Humans have evolved tremendously throughout the years, and we are now at a period in time in which we are surrounded by countless technologies. When was the last time you called a friend instead of sending them a message with abbreviated text? When was the last time you sent a friend a meaningful letter instead of writing them a “tbh” on their Facebook wall where hundreds could see it? Your answer to those questions is probably the same as mine: A really long time ago. The rise of technology has also led to the demise of physical interactions. Technology is amazing, but has it caused us to reach a point where we’ve lost touch with reality?
Day by day, I find myself relying more and more on online communication, and not truly valuing the time I spend in person with my peers. LOL, LMFAO, and ROFL are all phrases that have become a staple in communication between peers in this day and age. How many times do you really share a laugh whilst sending those messages? Personally, I rarely do and I send those abbreviated messages just because they have become natural to me. We sit stone-faced behind our illuminated touch screens as we send them to our social media friends. I say social media friends because in reality, how many of those 600 Facebook friends do we really talk to on a daily basis? Our developed tendency to message one another on social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat has surpassed our tendency to speak in person. As a generation that is moving closer towards Virtual Reality, I believe that we teenagers must now challenge the norms and truly get in touch with reality.