|Scooped by Kyle Johnson|
You need to go meet people, not add people.
After 6 long months of a grueling, relatively secluded warehouse job, i have made more lasting friendships than i have ever made from an online site. There are people i actually look forward to talking to at work, and i could careless if someone talks to me online. The idea that someone can walk into a room full of people, and just sit in a corner and play on a phone is absurd.
It's a little harder being someone who witnessed the actual change over and lived during the teen years when all this was going on. It was just sort of normal. I didn't join social media sites to fit in or be cool, i did it because i had friends i didn't see all the time. However when we both had spare time, we didn't sit around and message each other, we went and did something. Knowing today that kids younger than 10 have facebooks and have hundreds of friends is just plan weird. First off, i don't even know a hundred people that i would actually call my friend. I have a very tight group of friends, only consisting of about 5, and we have been friends since elementary school. I have no need for the approval of others to make me feel good about myself.
One of the most disgusting things i've been finding more of lately is people not knowing how to play simple games or sports. I have been to numorous family events of my own or with friends where people want to play sofball or something. I understand having to explain some rules to the very young kids, but kids that are 15+ not knowing? Thats sickening. When i was younger, everyone i knew either played baseball, softball, or soccer. It was just normal to see. Now, the only thing you hear of kids doing is tweeting, or playing video games.
Personally, i'm a fan of the internet and technology. I play numerous games online and talk to people i've never met on those games. Do i consider those people to be my actualy friends? No. They're aquaintances and thats all. Once i'm done with my game, i go out and do something with my actualy, physical friends.
This idea of kids not being able to talk to anyone or make friends is just odd. All i did when i was little was try to make new friends and meet people. Now its about beating the next level, or having a "trending tweet." This problem needs to be solved somehow or its going to get so out of hand that people are afraid to go outside.