Social media may be one of the worst or best things that has happened to our society depending on who you ask. It has advanced society; and created a cyber world that is almost too complex to even think about. Rarely do we normally think about the concequences and effects of social media on our minds and hearts. Maybe this is because the extent to which it effects us is way to frightening to maybe think about; or maybe its because we don’t want to think about how it is changing us.
I am sitting here on a Tuesday night and honestly I’m pretty stressed. But that’s normal, we are all stressed. Whether it’s about our jobs, school, money, family, we all have our reasons; and we all struggle. However, whenever we scroll through social media, we don’t see any of that. We see happiness. People in amazing relationships, succeeding in life, and traveling the world. Although these are all great things; these are not the sole things that happen in our lives. Social media is presenting to us a false sense of reality. It is presenting us as fake people, in fake loves, with fake happiness. The truth is, none of us are happy all the time, and it’s important to admit that. I don’t know how to put it in any positive words except that social media is destroying our perception of feeling, and emotion and honestly, authenticity.
If we are never exposed to the lows of life, how are we suppose to appreciate the highs? We all feel them; but yet we live in a world where none of us are willing to admit that we experience them. We hide our true lives from social media. At this point though, I really do think things are only getting worse, and it truly scares me. It frightens me to have a president of America who expresses extremely important statements over Twitter, or to see relationships emerge from a connection over the screen, rather than from face to face. I don’t really know if there is anyway to stop the way social media has effected our society. Not only has it made us apathetic and unauthentic; but social media promotes a false sense of reality. It is really scary for me to think about because I feel like one day this false sense of reality will simply become real.
Social media has also influenced the larger media to only show us one type of person. This can even extend to promoting one type of body, one type of career per gender, one type of religion and also increase stereotypes of all kind. If we are only promoting one type of person, one type of emotion, and one type of exciting lifestyle, eventually there will be no diversity or appreciation for our differences, our low times, or times of growth in life. We are all so focused on promoting this indefinite goal of happiness through our social media and it is completely bullock.
So the next time you scroll through social media and see people at fancy dinners, traveling the world, or simply with there huge group of friends, remember that we all have our lows. No one is perfect; no friendship; no love; no life is close to perfection, but this however, is the best part of life. Our imperfections, and our low times and great times make our hearts what they are; and none of that is worth hiding from a simple social media platform. Authenticity is priceless and I really do think in our world today it has never been more important to realize the importance of that.