Ironic isn’t it that something created for a purpose backfires and ruins everything instead. Social media was made to promote social ties and strengthen connections, but is it really doing a good job?
Want to know if you’re on the edge of being forever alone due to your excessive patronage on your social media sites? Keep reading. Below are 12 hints that let you know if you’re on the radar of being guilty on the charge of killing your own social life.
1. You rarely go out on weekends with your family or friends. Afraid of missing out updates on your social media sites. Perhaps, virtually you are connected but it blurs the true essence of intimacy and physical contact of any human relationship.
2. Passing up on dates because you’ve seen something you don’t like after stalking your potential date on their Facebook. First impressions last, or should I say “First profile impression”? Whatever happened to sharing conversations and spending a little time to know one another?
3. Do you still know what a telephone is? Have you tried talking to your friends instead of chatting with them? You spend too much time online that you are starting to miss their voice.
4. When eating out, you take pictures of your food and post them on Instagram before consuming them. Not even considering how hungry your companions are. That sure is a friendship killer. Never stave off a pack of hungry wolves.
5. The privilege of anonymity. Enjoying leaving anonymous messages? So tell me, how do you build friendships from that?
6. You had a spat with an acquaintance (a friend on a social media site you have never met and probably lives on the other side of the world from you, for example) just because you corrected their grammar on their previous comment.
7. When was the last time you personally announced big news to your peers or family? “I’m getting married!” Your folks and chums are among the last ones to know that you are about to get hitched because you’d rather post it as a status than tell them directly.
8. You’re becoming a “Like-fiend,” stalking your crush on their pages or profiles and instantaneously liking every post, comment, and photos of them. When was the last time you actually told someone you like them instead of clicking?
9. You’d rather visit a sick friend’s profile than his house.
10. You have more game applications on your wall than the sports you actually played or the hobbies you have tried.
11. You have tons of friends and followers (say a thousand), but there’s only a handful of them you personally know.
12. You remember birthdays based on your social media’s news feeds. Where is the sincerity in greeting them via post?