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Social Media has had such a stranglehold over our lives for the last 20 years actual gaining a grip on the very fabric of our existence, breakups, makeups and life as we want to portray it to others broadcast all over the world for others to see. Social Media companies play on our most basic instincts to profit but what is the cost to us the average user and has enough become enough?
Life, has changed so much from the days of my youth and for the new generations growing it seems that the emphasis on success is more relative to the number of unknown people who follow you is more creditworthy than actually having a skill, an ability or a true talent. We, instead focus on the childish behaviours, the ridiculous conversations and the over prolific use of language that is vulgarity incarnate. We relish in the misery of others and broadcast the personal and impersonal. It has taken our need to be part of a group, a social circle and created an environment that amplifies the misgivings and relative to some situations even orchestrates and supports the ability to segregate separate to organise and champion the growth of groups that have nefarious or immoral actions. Whether that be through hate, victimisation, bullying, cohesion, Identity Theft and much more, with an increase in Mental Health issues rising around the world, online bullying being an inescapable inevitability for many each day, the longing to be part of something more, to fit into a group to become something we are not, is so prevalent.
We have to ask are the companies behind the social media doing all they can to prevent this from happening?
The answer is they cannot, it is an impossible control, where ever we have groups of people there will always be this darker side that manifests itself. So, what does that mean to us? It means you need to take responsibility, be smart, be careful, don’t put yourself in a situation that can cause you distress or harm. Do not fall into the trap of opinion battles online, a lot of these are simply there to target and hook you in, to get more notability to the post, I even see this being used by large companies as a tactic to boost their online presence and get more views.
I have been informed so many times that humans are creatures of habit, and although there is an element of truth to this, this is not the situation. Humans form habits from opinions, guidance, instruction and of course watching what our parents, family, and friends do daily this is the strongest kind of influence that we have, habits are formed and this is the main tool that any advertiser, company, manipulator (let’s be frank here, advertising is about manipulation as is social media) has in its arsenal. You will never find the rainbow at the end of a Social Media instead there are a few things we can do to help us through these times, and begin to ween us from the grip of social media to a point we can use it healthily and safely because even though we have identified within this blog the negative side to Social Media, there is always (as with everything in life) a positive side. A place where you can chat with friends or keep in contact with those that you haven’t seen for a long time, family connections, and of course funny cat and dog videos that lift the spirits. Limiting social media is not bad for many it can produce a positive response, in their daily lives, even though many now feel they have to defend and depend on social media as their only means of connecting to the outside world.
So, here are a few things we should be doing to help our mental state of mind, now take into account that for many people reading this, these tasks will seem impossibly difficult and for others, they will be a normal day to day things;
Social Media can be a fun place to be, but don’t let it work you over, why don’t you try a few of the suggestions above and give it a little time, see how it goes.
Does it make a difference to you? If it doesn’t ask yourself why?
Inner reflection is key to happiness so spend a little time thinking and looking at yourself. After all, the only person that can make a difference in your life is you.
Written by: Jay
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