I’m a 90’s baby, so I didn’t grow up with Social Media. I grew up with VHS tapes, ethernet internet, and actually watching the news, not reading it online.
So when Social Media became a big thing around 2007 (for me), all my friends were suddenly connected and we could do more than what MSN Messenger offered us then: we could post pictures, write status’ as we saw fit, we could interact with our friends easily, and we could have more presence in our social group.
It’s hard to say when this feeling of dread started happening though.
And you all know what I am talking about.
The feeling of suddenly, the world is being seen through the eyes of how many “likes” we get on a Facebook status/Instagram photo, how much interaction we get on a Twitter status, and how many views we get on a Snapchat story.
When did this happen?
When did a person’s being started getting calculated into a series of numbers that happen because of a gentle tap of a mouse pad? When did we start monopolizing the likes we gave out? When did we start being cautious of the photos we uploaded so we could give others time to digest other stuff before giving them new stuff?
I know I am not the only person to think this, and I know I am also not the only one to see this happening to themselves. But if you want, please, by all means deny that.
But you know it’s true, and I know it’s true.
Because our world has suddenly become a contest. It’s a very behind-the-curtain kind of contest, because we do not outwardly speak about it, but we know it’s there.
A contest to post the highest resolution of photos to get the most likes. A contest to post the wittiest and unique status to get the most reactions (as I call them). A contest to not spam other people’s feed so they will look at yours.
But do you know what I think Social Media has really done to our lives, especially to the lives of those younger than us who actually grew up with Social Media?
It has made them judge their own self worth through the eyes of Social Media. Because now, girls have to be hourglass figured yet have no stomach, they have to be skilled at make up to look flawless, and they have to have that sweet yet sexy pucker selfie face when the camera is pointed right at them.
Life with Social Media around is no longer an authentic life. It’s a life seen through the lenses of the internet, the influences we are suddenly within reach by just a tap on a phone/tablet or a mouse pad.
Unfortunately, I have no “solution” to living this unauthentic life, other than a Social Media cleanse, but even then, we cannot be far from it. Our lives now depend on it. And it is extremely unfortunate that we are now slaves to technology, but more like slaves to Social Media.
Because if Social Media branded together, they could forever hold us hostage, robbing us of our dignity, our personalities, and our soul.
Don’t forget to SM:)LE today!
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