Social Media or Living in a Bubble?
A few years back I was obsessed with the social media – Orkut, Facebook, Instagram obsessing upon the likes and comments which I get on all the new cool pictures or videos I used to upload, While the truth is you cannot run away from it but you can definitely limit the exposure.
Day and night we keep scrolling on our smartphone screens or iPads half-heartedly reading some posts, scanning through them only to understand a quarter of it while creating a full fuss about it.
We have tons of information around us while so little attention-span, we believe in everything we read or see without checking the source of information, we are getting impressed by shallow happiness or momentary pleasures while the most happiness lies in average things like talking to a good friend or playing chess with your family or creating something or helping a person in need or reading a good book.
Sometime back I was talking to a good friend and he told on how we get hung up on numbers in our lives whether it be money or how much sq. ft. our house is or how many children we wish to have or their grades or if our city ranks as the topmost livable city in the world and so on and so forth. And the most numbers are juggling over social media giving us major high.
Research says that more than 350 million people around the world are believed to meet the clinical definition of addiction as a result of their social media habits.
People are constantly checking on how many likes or engagements they have gotten or in other words how many people like them or their posts. The question we need to ask ourselves is would any of the person who has liked or shared or commented on your post be willing to stand with you in the time of need?
And if the answer is no then how does it matter if a stranger likes your opinion or not or likes the way you live or not. We need to accept the reality that we cannot please everyone and only a handful of them are going to know and trust us.
Our generation is constantly looking out for instant gratification, we do not have tolerance for opposing thoughts or ideas, we highly condemn the people who are different and yet if you scan through the pages of history some of the finest men or women, be it in any field, they were very much different than the society or had different value systems.
We keep jumping from app to app (channel to channel) in our leisure time just to blame that nothing is right for us. We judge people too soon and want punishments to be quicker without wanting the law to takes its due course, in short starting from 2 minute Maggie to 2 minutes “pleasure principle”.
Now don’t get me wrong I am not asking to live under a rock. Social media is an excellent platform for transparency, honesty, and integrity.
But, why are we worried so much to impress an unknown audience?
In Conclusion, I would just like to say to be honest and bring integrity in our characters, we need to stretch our tolerance limits and attention span and be considerate of others. We need to work on our improving EQ more than our IQ.
Aristotle once said, “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
We are the only beings on this earth that can imagine and think of putting ourselves in different situations and wonder what could happen. If that is the case then why are we so unwilling to listen?
On that note, signing off!
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Merrin is a SAHM, a mother of a highly energetic boy and we live in the city of World’s Tallest Skyscraper. Every child is different but as parents, our struggles are very much similar. So let’s share our stories with each other and enjoy the joyful ride.
I hope through this we can share laughter, empowerment and more experiences with each other.