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Social Media may be Distorting Us

Hey everyone,

Been a while since I wrote a post on here. This time I thought to write on the topic of social media.

Now let me first get this out of the way, I have nothing against social media. Social media is a tool, the meaning to that tool is given through how it is used. My main concern lies with the usage and the meaning it’s users (not all though) maybe giving it.

To start of, what sparked my interest in writing a quick post about this is thanks to the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HffWFd_6bJ0

In the video the main worrying point discussed for me was the fact that social media can act a lot like drugs or alcohol, giving instant gratification with the chance of becoming addictive.

This is not false, social media definitely has that gratification feeling to it that generally is similar to say alcohol. When you are drunk, you are taken on a “ride” thanks to the release of dopamine in your brain. Social media does the same. But unlike alcohol which is less likely to be consumed 24×7 by everyone, social media can affect many for a lot of their time during the day, and it can even be 24×7.

Let’s look at another video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QWoP6jJG3k

The main point in this video is talking about the importance of “fame” to young kids these days who use social media. Because let’s be honest here, we all like having our work be acknowledged. Knowing that someone out there acknowledged our work is definitely going to give us some gratification. But as the video also discusses, there is also the opportunity to have your work be slandered online, or worse, you could be cyber bullied.

There is also the interesting point of day dreaming and imagination in that video. According to the video, teens don’t tend to drift off as much as they would have in the days without social media or any of the technology we have today. I agree that it helps train the mind to be more empathetic, but it also keeps the imagination healthy and alive. Why else do we see kids losing their imagination as they grow up? This would be one of those reasons. They are too busy trying to obtain “fame”/instant gratification online for causes that may mean nothing in the long run.

Social media as I said before is a tool. The meaning is given to that tool through its usage. People who use social media to help share causes they care about to BETTER THE WORLD, or help share useful and practical knowledge, in my opinion you are doing it RIGHT.

To those that use it in the hopes of being famous, thinking only about the likes, use it as a means to bully others or drown out MEANINGFUL content with junk posts, you are doing it WRONG.

Social media definitely has distorted us, and by effect our society to some extent. I can understand more and more now why the Millennial generation is called the Me generation. By the way, I’m from the Millennial generation.

Another good point brought up in the second video is the change in values being taught in shows these days. I don’t necessarily agree or disagree to the values being taught by the older TV shows, but one thing is abundantly clear that media has a HUGE effect on our minds. This also proves that media is just another means of controlling the populace through the messages shows send out nowdays.

Personally I’m glad I didn’t have a cell phone until I was in my 20’s. Nor did I have any social media accounts despite the pros I would hear about it from my friends at times. It kept me away from all the social media craze, it gave me moments to myself to be imaginative, creative and it also what helped me develop my interest in writing and some other creative hobbies. Had I been part of that social media craze from a much younger age, I’m sure I would be a very different person today.

To end this post, I have another video. This one is rather comedic, but also true to some extent and very well animated: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZfvogC6G3k

~ Monty

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Humanity Moving in the WRONG direction?

Note: This post may get a little heavy for some readers. It is one of those deep thought type of posts.

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I was just struck by this thought very recently and the more I think about it, the more I’m convinced that we may not be in the golden age we may think to be in.

In terms of the economy, all around the world it is either up, down or simply put stable. Society wise it is either improving, stable or degrading. Technologically we are booming. This is where my concern comes in when faced with the question “Is humanity moving in the wrong direction?”

b5986f573077e70f575aa789ceceed48e2426509660ba464028af04e428ae224My answer to this question is going to be very subjective as I can only answer based off of my experiences and my perception of reality. Do keep that point in mind when you read any further from here on. Also, the points I make below are not meant to be a generalization, I realize my argument won’t apply to all.

Technological innovations seem to be heard about on a daily basis in first world countries. You can hear about them even in third world countries if you have the means to. But amidst all these innovations I feel as if we are drifting further from Mother Nature. This planet, it’s ecosystem we refer to as nature gave us life.

Yet here we are in a day and age where we place more emphasis on new technological innovations. We find more pleasure in technology than we do in nature. This point I’m sure is not applicable to everyone, there are still those who value nature over technology. But with the creation of social media platforms, eSociety platforms that aim to heavily integrate technology into running a society and our smart phones I feel we are getting lost amidst all this technology.

technology-addiction-300x336Maybe I’m just burnt out on all the technology I’m surrounded by or maybe I just yearn for a more nature driven lifestyle. But when I go on the train, I see people glued to their phones and tablets watching videos. There is a whole world around you, things to be seen, observed and learned. Yet people are glued to technology like its their god. Again this doesn’t apply to everyone, but from my experience I have seen the majority attract towards technology over nature.

I think we are moving in the wrong direction. If technology is used to enhance our existence as well as the existence of other animals, its cool. Look at using digital ways of documenting, sure helps the tree population. But when we come to things like social media platforms, eSociety platforms that have social media aspects to them, I tend to ponder just how will this enhance the world as a WHOLE on a general level?

Sometimes it feels like certain aspects of technology is taking over extremely important aspects of life. Social media for example, so many people use it on a daily basis so much so that sometimes they forget to have a proper face to face conversation. Or they become so reliant on these technologies it tends to take away some important social skills. I know from experience as social media has affected me quite a bit. No doubt this is also one of the reasons I seem to be growing a certain aversion to technology.

I would much rather see people with their heads up and with a smile on the train than glued to their phones. But hey, if you are watch something hilarious feel free to laugh out loud because laughter may just spread all around the carriage bringing a little bit of joy to everyone.

o-corrupt-money-facebookFrom my perspective, humanity is going in a very bad direction. We look up to the skies hoping to colonize on other planets through our technological innovations and marvels. Yet we can’t seem to solve some of the most serious issues we have right now down here. Issues like corruption, poverty, injustice and inequality. What good will moving out into space do us if we can’t seem to grow as a species? Humanity is still taking baby steps in psychological evolution as a species, yet hoping to take giant leaps in technological advancements.

At this point I simply feel like I’m rambling, so I may as well end this post soon. Simply put, maybe people need to step back from all the technology and again find what really made it worth living on this world. It was and still are the experiences we get through personally doing something worthwhile for others, the planet and not just be stuck to using technology all day long.

But hey, for what its worth I will give credit where it is due. Human species is not all bad as this post may make it seem to be, there are good qualities. But in a distorted world like ours, it seems to me that it takes more effort to find the good than the bad.

Still I know I feel like my mind is being sucked dry nowdays by using computers and phones too much. How about you?

What do you think of the direction humanity is taking?

~ Monty