Social Media under a Microscope

All of us live in a technological society. Everything has changed but has it changed for the better or worse? Let us look on technology, especially social media under a microscope.

First, communication have become faster and busier. There is a lot of noise for attention from all aspects of life today. Everybody wants to be heard. With so much noise, it clouds out the soft voices from within that speaks to us. With such communication, we find ourselves more alone. We trust less persons.

Ask yourself, how many persons can you really trust?

For self reflection, moments of quiet and isolation would a recommended act. These moments are just more rare today. We reach for our smartphones instead.

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Second, social media allow a more self-referential information environment. People have the tools at their disposal to construct a culture, a mental environment tailored suitably for themselves.

This means that persons can collectively be in the same place but each would be absorbed in a different show, movie or game in the privacy of their own phone screens. We take pictures of food rather than slowing down to enjoy it.

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Third, social media encourages a broadcasting personality. Everyone is a little brand manager using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & snapchat to create a false upbeat, slightly over exuberant, external self that can be famous in a small sphere and hits off (with luck) in a large one.

We take pictures (with friends or bae) to be “Posted”, instead of enjoying the moment wholeheartedly.

In all, Social media allows people to subtly start comparing themselves to other people’s timeline, other people’s highlight reels and at times, they may feel inferior (or badmind).

Has Social media made us worse or better?