- Have you noticed how much you’re staring at your phone when you’re in a room full of people?
Now that social media has influenced nearly every moment of our daily lives, we can’t seem to notice how much of our lives we actually have left.
The average person sleeps 8 hours per day, watches television, works, and eats. These activities take up about 20 hours of our 24 hour day. We get about 4 hours of free time to do what? Stare at the delusional community that is twitter, Facebook, and Instagram?
I am in no way condemning these things, but when you’re about 50 years old, you will have lived, if you’re lucky, about 20 years outside of the aforementioned activities within your entire life. That’s something to think about.
What will you do with those 20 years? Who will you become?
- Controversial Opportunity
The reason I call it “controversial opportunity” is because no matter how embarrassing, belittling, or exploitative a video or photo may be, if enough people find it interesting enough to indulge in, then it can produce a lot of money. Advertisements rather.
We’ve seen people who are not that talented create lives better than those who have spent their lifetimes trying to obtain a doctorate to master a craft. We’ve seen people hustle and grind their way out of the bottoms to magnificence. We naturally have respect for them. But what about the people we laugh at during the moments they were down, and the video becomes viral? They’re famous now. Some people wouldn’t mind the embarrassment for the money and some might mind. But social media doesn’t give you the option to turn it down if you find yourself in a bind with a witness with a phone nearby, which is everybody.
I have no problem with someone trying to support their families, or themselves, whatsoever. However, these instances create incentive for the next generation to exploit themselves unnecessarily. For example last year some teens were playing a “knockout” game for YouTube views. Although they made money, they promoted ignorance. It’s a catch 22.
- Societal Obsession
Is it just me or does it seem that many people feel the need to live up to a particular standard with social media? I mean you would think that everyone in America was a celebrity on Instagram. You may not be required to meet this standard, but I could see how some groups could be more vulnerable to social media’s peer pressure than others. Teenagers, for instance, are probably more notorious for doing things because their friends are doing them.
The social media obsession among young adults is unprecedented, and there’s definitely a connection between followers and self-esteem. A connection between likes and acceptance. The connection between people has suffered.
The Good News:
Social media outlets have provided a way for people interested in various topics to express themselves in their arts and crafts. YouTube, although I think they’re stingy, has provided a creative outlet for people to show off their talents and start businesses.
These tools have given people like us a way to present information the way we see it through our perspectives to you. That’s a good connection. We should focus more on the connections that make us feel good with social media. The brain is meant to create, and we shouldn’t blindly follow trends that eat away at who it is we really are.