I keep thinking…

Why must the world be one so filled with conflict? From social media to harsh political commercials to harsh words yelled at a debate? I believe that one of the major stems of conflict that is plaguing our society is small screens. That’s right, the screens that have taken over our free time and the art of true conversations. Our televisions filled with violence, our laptop that we post on blogs about our emotions instead of facts, and, the most deadly of all, our cell phones that make our necks crane to the ground and our finger tips jump from letter to letter in response.

I’m not dumb enough to try and make a cry to tell everyone to abandon our devices of technology. Shoot, I’m using one right now and I can’t function without my cell phone. There’s no way that I’m getting rid of my small screens, but I do think that we need to advise ourselves of the power that they hold and to use them for betterment instead of negativity.

Instead of using these lovely gadgets for words, images, and tunes of love and harmony, they are now tools for bullying, hate groups, and comments that most people would never have the strength to say to someone face to face.

I can’t help but to keep thinking. Are small screens and help or a curse?


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February 16, 2018 7:58 pm

Jessyca, I strongly agree with your point in this post. I am currently researching the positive and negative effects of social media on the brain. I also agree with you that we are at a point in society where it would be virtually impossible to completely dispose of phones and social media. However, there is a solution. I recently read an article about an app that tells you when you’ve spent an unhealthy amount of time on social media. The amount of time is determined by studies that found how much time one should spend on social media before it negatively affects their mental health. Here is a link to the article: https://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A527334872/STND?u=pioneer&sid=STND&xid=7cc623b6

October 12, 2016 5:09 pm

It’s hard to say whether or not small screens are a help or a curse, because I view them as kind of being both. I understand why some people believe small screens to be beneficial because they can be very useful in finding information quickly. It makes more sense to look something up on your phone then go find the nearest computer and look it up. However, I think that some people use their small screens for bad purposes, such as bullying. I would say that it is easier to communicate through a screen than it is to face-to-face. Also, I found your post to be interesting and point out a lot of important things.

October 12, 2016 4:12 pm

Great writing, I completely agree that small screens have caused harm but are still a necessary part of society. Mostly everyone I know uses a cell phone to communicate to one another. With so many possibilities of communication, relationships could be ruined. When you said that these “small screens” are causing hate and bullying I can relate to that. I see posts on Instagram, twitter, and snap chat all the time making fun of someone or just being mean. I believe that every single person should take a little bit of time out of their day to be unhooked from everything. Taking away cell phones and technology will be impossible, like you said, but I just think that these small screens are annoying. For example when I’m talking to someone in person but they are on their phone, I just wanna scream “STOP!” Something needs to be done about the overuse of technology.

October 12, 2016 4:09 pm

I enjoyed reading your post. I believe there are many positive things about small devices, but they can also cause some problems. I feel people do not feel as comfortable taking to someone in person because of cell phones. Making a phone call or texting someone is a lot easier, but can sometimes be less professional. I think that it is a good idea to take a break from screens once in awhile.

October 9, 2016 5:29 pm

I think small screens are a curse that we have to deal with these days. A curse that holds enough blessings that it’s worth it. We all have some level of love and hate with technology. We can’t always have a large screen with us. So I guess we need to just suck it up and deal with it. Unless we want to chuck it all…

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