I stumbled across a video today that I found fascinating and challenging. My first response was WOW! I have heard a lot of this talk before about the impact social media is having on us, but I have never seen it quite so well presented and taken to this depth.
While I am not out to bash social media and Facebook, and I don’t think this is the right approach to take with our young people either, I think it raises some good questions we should be exploring:
- How are we helping young people be aware of the impact social media can have on their life and their sense of self?
- How can we help young people develop true, genuine, offline friendships and engage in significant conversation offline? A trend I see in young people I work with is that all the serious, ‘more difficult’ conversations in their life are moving online because it is seen as a safer way of having these conversations. The reality is that these young people are sabotaging their relationships because these conversations are but a shadow of what they can be. The number of times I have seen this ‘online conversation’ go wrong is staggering. How can we help young people deal with and become comfortable with the messiness of face to face conversations?
- How can we help young people understand that the only way they will ever truly be known is by engaging in face to face relationships? The majority of conversations and communication has nothing to do with the words that you say but in how you communicate with your non-verbals and the power of simply being in someone else’s presence.
- How can we help young people understand that being alone and being in silence and stillness is actually really important in developing their sense of self? We keep our minds moving at a cracking pace because we want to distract ourselves from ourselves. We are afraid of what we might find (or not find) if we stop and be still and silent and alone.
What other questions do we need to be asking our young people around this video?
Here is the video: