As a 90s kid I can remember a time before cell phones became necessary. I played outside for hours until the setting sun let me know it was time to go home and when I went out to eat with my friends, no one was snapping pictures of their food. As I got older cell phones and computers became more prominent; it was exciting and I was able to learn along with the new advances, where as those a few years older than me were pretty lost. Having experienced the best of both worlds, I often times catch myself yearning for that time when I wasn’t so reliant on my phone, and I still cringe when I walk past a dinner table filled with brightly lit iPhones instead of vibrant conversation. In a lot of ways being glued to your cell phone can be a really negative thing, but when I truly think about it, maybe it’s not so bad.
While some people may write Instagram off as being just another social network, I think it’s a lot more than that. A quick scroll through my Instagram feed usually offers me uniquely filtered pictures of various items – a flower in bloom, a chocolate cupcake, a cute dog. It seems very ordinary, boring even, but it’s actually allowed us to see the world in a different way. We have suddenly noticed how ascetically pleasing our breakfast looks and the beautiful way the sun peaks out between skyscrapers. More and more people in essence are – stopping to smell the flowers (or take a picture of them at least). I’m not sure many people were doing that before Instagram became such a big part of our social networking. So yes, the art of face to face conversation may be getting lost between the characters on our keypads, but it’s important to look at the bright side of it all because it seems there’s no turning back now.