Social media has become somewhat an essential rather than just an entertainment medium like what it used to be in the past years. From friendster to facebook, twitter, instagram, there have been great innovations when it comes to answering people’s needs and demands but as the years come, more and more people, apparently in different ages, use these sites to the point where certain studies show the possibility to develop an addiction towards it.
You see kids playing candy crush on their tablets rather than playing outside with their friends. Teens on facebook while at the table eating with their families.
With the huge influence social media has in our lives, letting ourselves continue with this kind of lifestyle is not very healthy. The good comes with the bad. I’m talking about the negative ideas people might get from it.
The cyber-bullying issues, the “Call Out” culture on twitter, disturbing pages on facebook, etc. Moderating the time and energy we spend to it should be necessary especially to children and teenagers due to its effects on their mental and behavioral development.
If you want to know more about the unfavorable ramifications that can happen on social media, I recommend watching Don’t F*ck with Cats on Netflix.
BUT I wish not to indulge you on the negativity and turn to the things that can enlighten you. The reason why so many people seem to think they can’t live without these sites is because it has become so convenient (and entertaining) that we think we need it every day.
But you know what, we actually don’t. Now, I am not one to tell you what you should do. Yes, other than the bad stuff, it also has been very helpful especially when connecting with family members from different parts of the world.
Social media made the world feel smaller. You can reach the people you long to see and find the things you want to learn about. All I’m saying is, maybe balancing it with your personal life will help you find satisfaction on the life around you too.
If you feel overwhelmed over the things you’re seeing on the internet, take a break from it or use other media sites that would help you in a different and beneficial way.
It connects you more to the actual world you live in, connects you to the people around you– your family, friends, loved ones, even pets!
I have recently uninstalled a few apps on my phone (twitter and instagram) and I spend most of my time reading stuff on WordPress than facebook. I connect with people using messenger but sometimes using email too.
I find it more intimate and personal. I give more time reading a book, talking to my family, and most importantly, having personal space. So far, I appreciate it.
Thanks for reading this all the way to the end. I hope you attain the satisfaction you seek in life, and keep in mind that these are merely temporary things on earth, and that enlightenment is simply just the first step towards achieving a full sense of aliveness. Namaste.