Our young people should not allow social media to control their lives

Figuring out what to do with an old mobile phone just got easier in France. PHOTO | KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV |AFP


What you need to know:

  • So, there’s a staggering 4.85 billion who don’t care and have no interest at all in the goingson of the social media lifestyle

It’s not uncommon to find the young and, sometimes, older people’s eyes fixated on their phone in buses and while walking or eating, almost taking over their life.

Availability of widely affordable smartphones and free Wi-Fi in some restaurants and buses have made things easier for them, not to mention the flexible and cheap data bundles offered by the internet service providers.

However, there are many young people, even those approaching their 30s and above, who have abandoned the social media madness. Reason? There’s more to life than to social media, where people take photographs of their “perfect lives” yet in real life their lives are horrible. So, they have decided to live and enjoy their lives on their own terms, “life in real time”.

Last year, 2.95 billion people globally were using social media. So, there’s a staggering 4.85 billion who don’t care and have no interest at all in the goingson of the social media lifestyle. Generation Z spend more time on social media than the millenials.

In my assessment, social media won’t last as long expected. At a certain age, the peer pressure and addiction of joining and using social media fades and reality checks in. It won’t take long before another innovation is launched and, soon, people will be running after it, either for business purposes or leisure.

Young people shouldn’t commit suicide just because a person whom you don’t even know has uploaded photographs that show them as living better than you.

Rita Njeri Murungu, Kiambu