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Letters to the Editor are short pieces (usually 250 words or less) that are in direct response to something recently published in a newspaper or magazine.

The first thing you should say in your letter is why this issue is important to you.
Be sure to mention what article you are talking about.


Tell your story. Share a personal experience with the reader


Suggest a solution. Can you think of a way to improve things or fix this problem?


Think of one thing that someone reading this article might be able to do to help

Look up from phone, and get outside

Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram and Tik Tok are some of the most popular apps in today’s generation, apps that in theory run our lives.

Nowadays the number of followers you have on Instagram and or friends you have on Facebook is more important than the friends you have in real life. People would rather talk on screen over talking in person. Youth today are lacking such essential traits such as carrying on a conversation, which in my opinion can take you further than any university degree.

People rely on their phones for everything, ranging from reminding them about appointments to allowing them to have a love life through the swiping of right and left. What will happen when the battery in your phone runs out?

I am grateful to say that I had the privilege of growing up before social media and technology took priority. I had the privilege of going outside and playing without having any distractions from online apps. I had the privilege of going for walks and taking in every little piece of beauty that this world has to offer. I had the privilege of taking pictures with my eyes instead of living my life through the lens of a screen.

We sometimes forget in this hectic world that technology is not everything and at the end of the day your phone and technology should not be the one controlling and running your life... you should be. It is time to recharge real life interactions. I suggest that next time instead of talking over text, try catching up over coffee or refreshments.
Janaya MacNeill,
UPEI student,