Social media has undoubtedly changed the way people communicate with one another. In today’s generation, most people have some platform of social media whether it is Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter or Linkedin. While social media is an excellent way to share life moments with far away family members or get a message across quickly, it has taken over our lives. As discussed in class, people feel a different kind of stress when it comes to social media. It is known that there are different moments throughout the day when more people are on social media, therefore you need to wait for the perfect time to post in order to get the most amount of likes possible. I have a friend from home who will even delete a post on Instagram and then repost the same picture later for more likes. Social anxiety takes over. However, what I think is baffling about using social media is that our communication suffers the more we use it. This is comical because the purpose is to connect us with our friends and family. Unfortunately, people have become so obsessed with social media that they would rather sit and scroll through Facebook than go out with friends and create new memories. In addition, social media has made conversations shorter. People use phrases like lol or idk, but that is only the beginning. Using the internet to express thoughts shortens the message and lessens the impact. For instance, the other day a girl from our university posted her UDance link online with just the word “Donate!” How will we know what we are donating to unless she verbalizes the cause? Is social media taking communication in the wrong direction? Sometimes, I would have to say yes, it absolutely does.