The article “Is Social Media Sabotaging Real Communication?” by Susan Tardanico and Fahrenheit 451 both come down to the same idea. Is communicating online through things like social media, really understanding how one feels? Tardanico says at the beginning of her article, that a college student was texting her mother saying everything was fine and she seemed very happy because of the emoticons she was using. Later that night that student tried to commit suicide and the mother had no idea. In Fahrenheit 451, Mildred was so upset with life that she attempted to commit suicide by taking too many prescribed pills and trying to overdose, “ The small crystal bottle of sleeping tablets which earlier today had been filled with 30 capsules and which now lay uncapped and empty in the light of the tiny flair.” Mildred believed that she was happy because of all the high-tech technology surrounding her, but in reality she couldn’t see how depressed she was. Just like that students mother couldn’t see how depressed her daughter was. Technology almost ruined a life because of how it was interpreted. In the article it stated “mom asking how things were going and daughter answering with positive statements followed by emoticons showing smiles, b-i-g smiles and hearts. Happiness.” One cannot understand a true emotion unless it is being expressed in person. That was the problem in both situations. Now a big problem is worrying about how people are going to communicate with such a big technology gap in generations. In the article it says, “In the workplace, the use of electronic communication has overtaken face-to-face and voice-to-voice communication by a wide margin.” In Fahrenheit 451 Mildred and Montag can’t even remember why they are together. They are now trying to verbally communicate with one another and read together. They are going against society to feel real emotions. Montag was trying to convince Mildred to read the books and he said, “ I want to look at them, at least look at them once. Then if what the captain says is true, we’ll burn them together, believe me, I we’ll burn them together. You must help me.” Going against society may seem wrong in the moment, but one could be coming to the realization of something deeper. It is very hard to dictate what is right, if you should follow the rules of the current society or if you should go against it and try to be happier in your own way. In our society today, and in Fahrenheit 451, The people have to decide if they want everyone to be equal and happy all the time, or if one wants to be different and stand out in anyway and explore all the world's possibilities.