scholarship opportunity essay

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Submitted: September 08, 2016

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My life would be very different if the Internet did not exist mostly because I would be able to have deeper relationships with people in general. Because of the Internet, many of the people my age who I interact with are involved in some form of social media. Because of social media, many teenagers are on their technology, such as smartphones, computers, or tablets, for a decent portion of every day. This time spent utilizing technology by checking social media updates, news feeds, and instant messaging is time essentially wasted where one could be spending time with friends or participating in a social activity or sport. Being consumed by social media and other manifestations of technology leaves students feeling empty, because they are missing out on the face-to-face, personal interactions that is necessary to maintain a healthy social life. Sociologically, from a functionalist perspective, social interaction between teenagers is necessary so that they are made aware of various social values and norms that permeate our culture. Although the argument could be made that teenagers get all of the social interaction they need through social media, reading words off a screen that someone sends to you from miles away is not the personal interaction that we all crave and need. An example of how we as people need social interaction is mid nineteenth century France. The country was suffering from an extraordinarily high suicide rate, which it was later deemed was caused by the harsh working conditions that the working class was required to put up with during the Industrial Revolution. The workday consisted of very little social interaction. By not being able to interact with people, the French workers were beginning to feel the effects of anomie, a term meaning when someone feels isolated from society and begins to ignore social norms. Anomie holds a close correlation with depression, which in turn is closely related to suicide. Two more examples which exemplify the idea that people need intimate social interaction more than technology come from my own personal experiences. The first comes from my Spring Break vacation in 2016. I met eight other teenagers on the vacation, and we all became very close over the week. On the last night, the last time we would ever see each other (probably ever again), about six of the nine total teenagers began to get emotional to some extent due to the thought of losing their very recently-acquired friends. It is important to note that on vacation, none of us had any access to social media, and therefore we were able to connect to others on a much deeper level than any of us had before, causing the distress at having to part ways. Another example which proves how the Internet impairs teenager’s abilities to develop deeper relationships comes from when I spent two weeks at a summer camp the summer of 2016 as a camp aide. We were unable to use social media, and therefore we grew extremely close to one another. Again, when it was time for us to part ways for the school year, close to two-thirds of all the teenagers became emotional and did not want to leave. All of these examples show how it is a necessity of life for us as a people to have social interactions with one another and not solely rely on the Internet to provide that. In conclusion, I believe that my life would be dramatically changed for the better if the Internet ceased to exist today because it would provide me with greater opportunities to develop lasting, meaningful relationships with people. 


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