I wake up, check my phone, Facebook first, followed by my Insta feed, then send out my morning Snap Chat streaks… and it has me wondering, where would I be without my connection to the macro world of the media? Evidently there is an array of issues within this digital era, however, the issues that I’m going to target are the dominance of social media in today’s society– how it effects teenager’s socialisation skills and how it controls the identity we portray to our audiences. Most teenagers know no different, fully submerged in the globes highly sophisticated media and technological devices that are handed to us, from the time of birth.
Distinctly, the media has demonstrated significant social change. Teenagers social skills are deteriorating by the hour. When there is an awkward pause in conversations, or there is no one to talk to, we pull out our phones. The conversations teenagers have with people every day on text seem awkward and unsure in person. We lose the skill of socialising with others face-to-face, which can lead to low self-esteem and bullying. We have been significantly socialised by electronic media devises, thus the media has become an agent of socialisation.
In the past, right up until present day, online identities are being seen as very different from those in the real world. The media gives individuals an opportunity to put on a façade online and explore a new form of identity – maybe they falsely edit their pictures or pretend to be someone who they are not. As I have previously studied during my HSC Society & Culture PIP, some teenagers present profiles with a distorted true self; they un-tag unflattering photos and delete regrettable posts, because they worry about what everyone thinks of them. It’s the issue that the media provides individuals with a different opportunity for self-expression and hence an individual’s online self and their true self is not necessarily the same. The power that these online mediums have is a great issue in society. Teenagers create their profiles to express their individuality towards audiences. We like posts, we share what we want others to see and we delete what we do not. These days we can easily edit our flaws to conform to what we think is “ideal” and accepted in society. It is sad that individuals feel the need to portray an inaccurate version of themselves to a wide audience, right? It makes me question “are we the fake generation?”
The predominant issue is that, the media has the ability to rob us of our real-life connections within our lives. From the perspective of a teenage girl I personally understand that expectations get higher, perfection becomes an obsession and the media becomes our lives.
Until next time fellow bloggers,
– Mikaela xx