It has seeped into our lives.
It has taken hold to almost every single one of us.
A plague that attaches itself to a host and slowly drains it’s energy and robs time and productivity until the host is nothing but an empty, obsessed shell of a human.
What is this terrifying disease I speak of?
I’m being a bit dramatic, but seriously… it does feel like a bit of a plague… a technology plague!
Social media is innocent enough at first. Just to keep in touch with old friends, find new friends, be social with people… but at some point we find ourselves just sitting in front of a bright screen (phone or computer), bloodshot eyes, stalking… I mean… looking at photos, tweets, posts, judging their lives or our own against theirs. We end up taking photo after photo to get the perfect one to post, but not before we edit the crap out of it. Our lives and experiences start to only be motivated by
Would this look or sound cool if I posted it?
“I wonder how many likes I could get from this?”
We are obsessed!
We are so obsessed that it has literally taken time and moments away from us that we’ll never be able to get back. We’re so busy checking and browsing through our social media accounts that we miss out on so much. How are we supposed to be productive and achieve anything if we’re stuck on social media constantly?! Before we knew everything about everyone we actually tried to fix our own real problems. But now we focus on everyone else’s to try to become heroes and we start making up problems to make our lives look more interesting. We start creating problems that aren’t there because we try to make our lives look so perfect, but… nobody’s life is ever perfect.
So, it does seem a bit like a plague. It’s taken over a large percentage of the population and turned them into social media zombies.
I got rid of my Facebook account a few years ago and people freaked the fuck out. It’s one of the first questions I’m asked when I meet new people is if I have a Facebook account and they look at me like I’m some sort of weird creature. I think they’d be more comfortable if I slapped their children than me saying I don’t have Facebook. The reason I got rid of Facebook is because I noticed myself getting more and more obsessed with checking to see what people had posted, posting new pictures, coming up with something clever to say, spying on people… seeing people go on vacation and doing things that I wasn’t able to do. I started feeling like shit because my life wasn’t as grand as everyone else’s and everything on mine was just a facade. So, it had to go! And honestly… I feel so much better.
There have been several studies linking social media to depression and just overall poor mental health. But, as I said before… there’s the productivity factor in there as well. We are robbing ourselves of important time when we’re busy thumbing through our social media. We robbing ourselves of an actual life. How can we expect to be productive and valuable when most of our time and reason for doing anything is to circle back to social media? We’re also making ourselves stupid by constantly checking our accounts. It’s called Attention Fragmentation! And it is bad! I did another post about turning ourselves into idiots by multitasking, go check that out after this. We can’t focus on anything. We keep interrupting our lives for social media.
We need to be more concerned about this plague that has taken over us and our society. We need to start adding value to our lives and stop adding content to our social media.