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Could We Ever Go Back to a World Without Social Media and Screens?

Posted on 9 Jul 2024 by Tinley

In a world dominated by notifications, screens, and social media, it’s hard to imagine a life without them. Yet, the question remains: Could we, as a society, ever go back to a world without social media and screens? While it might seem impossible, it's an intriguing thought experiment that warrants exploration.

First, let’s recognise, screens are everywhere—in our homes, workplaces, and even when were out and about. Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok have billions of active users. These platforms have transformed how we communicate, share information, and even perceive ourselves and the world around us. They are great for keeping in touch with people across the world, however it’s become over used by everyone especially the younger generation.

Screens and social media have permeated our daily routines to such an extent that their absence is almost inconceivable. They serve as our primary sources of news, entertainment, and social interaction. The convenience they offer is undeniable, making them an integral part of modern life.


Case for a Screen-Free Society

Many studies suggest that excessive screen time can lead to negative consequences, such as decreased attention spans, poor mental health, and disrupted sleep patterns. Moreover, the omnipresence of social media can foster feelings of inadequacy, anxiety, and depression.

Digital detox is becoming more popular, I personally think it’s important and a great idea for all ages and people who use and enjoy screen time! Anyone who has tried screen detox has noticed the benefits be it energy levels, mood and more.

I don’t think the society of today could ever go back to a screen less society, however I do think it’s important to acknowledge the negatives and positives, have a balance and keep a healthy outlook to how much time we spend on social media and screens.

As a parent I feel it’s essential for younger children to have a very limited use of screens as it seems to have a strong impact on mental health, image and our overall view of the world!

Recognising the harm it can do and the positives is important, to discuss this within schools, and educate young children so they are aware and can detach themselves from this screen life! It’s a balance like everything in life too much of anything is not good for us!