Pulling Back from Social Media
by Zach, Colleen, and Lydia
When thinking of potential story topics, one that stood out the most to us was teens who don't have phones and/or social media. We knew for us--in our society and personal lives--social media plays such a big role, which was why the concept of not having social media really stood out to us.
We wanted to represent a wide range of social media users; people who have it, people who don't, and people who have taken a break from it. We thought these interviews would resonate with a variety of people because pretty much everyone can find someone to relate to in the story. The goal was to show that there's more than just one way to be active (or not active) on social media.
For b-roll, we got a variety of shots of people on their phones, which was not difficult. Sometimes we recorded kids roaming the hallways while playing on their phones, or we peeked through doorways and got shots of kids on their phones during class.
However, seeing footage of people playing on their phones can be repetitive and boring, so we had to get creative in order to find more interesting b-roll. In order to do that, we contrasted social media consumption with face-to-face interaction, which we obtained by going into classes where the kids were talking to each other.
It might seem shocking that some teens don't have social media, but we hope it leads to an appreciation for these students' self-control in a society that tends to lean towards technology.