Opinion: is social media helpful or harmful?

Opinion: is social media helpful or harmful?

Social media’s growing popularity has brought up the question of is it helpful or hurtful? I know many people are either strongly in favor or strongly opposed when it comes to the topic of social media, but I’d rather take a different approach. I’d like to take an approach that is more middle of the road. 

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For the love of friends: Today is National Best Friend Day

Chloe Watson, Staff Writer

photo courtesy of UnSplash

photo courtesy of UnSplash

Did you know there are actually two days celebrating friendship every year? One is June 8th – National Best Friend Day. The other, National Friendship Day, is the first Sunday in August It’s been celebrated since 1935, almost 84 years ago. It’s clear why - people just love their friends. Plus, college is one of the best places to make friends – you’re surrounded by people of the same age, all in one place, all going through the same daily struggles. To celebrate, I interviewed several students, all different majors, all from different walks of life. I asked them about their current friendships and satisfied they are with the way things are.

"I'm really happy with my friendships right now, I think. I'd rate them, like, a solid ten out of ten. I think it's important to know you limits, you know, just based off your personality. I'm a pretty introverted person, so I don't need a ton of friends. I have a couple people I'm really close to, and they really make me happy." - Kimberly Rhyne, English

"It's important to keep that in mind - to know where you stand with your friends and what needs to change. I have some friendships that I would rate a solid ten. I wouldn't change anything about who we are and where we stand. But there are some where, you know, our friendship could use some improvement. It just depends on the person. But I'm happy overall. I love my friends, all of them." - Autumn Lowry, broadcast media

"I would say that I'm quite satisfied with my current friendships. I would say we could spend more time growing closer to God together, but overall we're always there to support and listen to each other and make each other laugh." - Mackenzie Cadden, secondary math education

"I’d say most of my current friendships are a solid 7 out of 10. I think the transition to college has added an element of weirdness to a lot of my preexisting high school friendships. Plus, I'm still kind of adjusting to my new friend group in college. Nothing overtly awful, just odd. I feel like most of us have very different lives, goals and schedules, which makes it hard." - Samantha Watson, journalism

"I am very happy with my current friends. I'm honestly struggling to think of anything I would want to change or improve on in the future. I just really like where I'm at, and I think that's a pretty good thing." - Shirley Burgess, elementary education

The friends you make in college will be your friends for the rest of your life. As a student, you hear that constantly – from parents, admissions officers, pretty much everybody. College is a time of growth and development, a time when hundreds of young people who are all at a similar point are brought together. College is a scary, stressful, time, sure, but it’s easier with help from our friends.