Texting’s for the Birds

The Names Morgan Burney, I am from Lake Mary, Florida and currently a sophomore at the University Of Tampa. I spend most of my free time outdoors exploring or splurging in the shoe departments at local malls. I have a love for animals, fashion, and traveling. I have spent most of my life devoted to running track and playing volleyball. I am a very competitive person and love a challenge. I wouldn’t be anywhere today if it wasn’t for the ongoing love and support from my family.


Do you ever find yourself texting on your phone while out with friends only to realize that everyone else is doing the same thing? You’re to busy checking up on your friends from back home while neglecting everything that is going on around you. Little did you know that hours have gone by and you’ve accomplished nothing.

It’s hard to step away from social media, especially being a college student and having to deal with being on a computer all day, having to constantly submit papers and create class blogs. With new technological advancements it seems as if everything is done over the Internet, social media, texting, etc. which can seem like a really good thing, but is it really?  During my freshmen year of college I came in not knowing anyone or anything… sort of like a chicken with its head cut of. Instead of going out, getting involved with campus clubs and events, meeting new people and creating new friends through face to face conversations, I spent most of my time in my dorm, bundled up in cozy sheets in bed with a small digital contraption in my hand, with my head in the clouds. Day after day I repeated the same old routine. I began to see my mood change. I went from a happy go lucky person to feeling upset and depressed, when in actuality I had nothing to be neither sad nor depressed about. I thought I was homesick, but being only an hour and half away from my family I knew that couldn’t be the problem. I got so wrapped up in social media and worried about other people’s lives that I forgot to live my own.  You never realize how truly valuable time is, till something bad happens or it’s to late to fix a certain problem, but what we all need to remind ourselves is, that nothing in life is guaranteed. You can’t turn back the clock that we call life.  Now that I am in my second year of college, I really regret wasting my freshmen year, it is a year I will never get to experience again or get back, but I look at it as a stepping-stone.  Sometimes in life you are faced with setbacks to teach you certain lessons, and I learned mine. So far my sophomore year has been life changing, I am involved in intramural sports and also am a member of a sorority. If I can give you any advice it would be to take a step back and look at the bigger picture of what goes on around you. Don’t waste time in college on social media, locked in your room afraid to face unfamiliar faces, instead go out and explore meet as many people as possible and don’t be scared to take chances.  In today’s society people spend way too much time on their phone, disconnected from interactions, and losing the old family bond. We are slowly forgetting what’s most important and that’s social communication with others. One day we will have a world of social idiots because they live and breathe by their phones and computers, but its not to late to change that. Be different and unique and start your own trend, help share with others what’s really important!




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