My faith in humanity has decreased over the way people act, and react, on social media. The constant cynicism, the rants, the over-opinionated and nagging comments, the narcissistic posts, the illusion of perfectionism—it’s all too much. We have forgotten ourselves due to the fact that we are vastly over driven. We have forgotten compassion, courtesy, chivalry, and generosity. We have forgotten commitment, and responsibility. We have forgotten the obligations we have as leaders to do right.
Social media it is an addiction that we don’t recognize. It’s the compulsive need to post, like, share, and use—this habit-forming instrument—to keep us connected. We have become physically and mentally dependent on a particular substance, and are unable to stop without sustaining adverse effects. We are enthusiastically devoted to this “thing” that is harmful to our minds.
That social media benefits mankind is irrefutable. It does indeed advance connectivity and wealth among people. It facilitates our everyday lives. It enables us to get easy access to information and encourages innovation. It entertains and educates us; but it also reduces our creativity, productivity, and competence. Spending an hour a day on social media amounts to nine weeks a year. Nine weeks! That’s only one hour, and a lot of people spend much more than that. Nine weeks is enough to complete a couple university courses, and it’s being wasted on snapping selfies of ourselves as filtered fuzzy animals.
Some of us have become envious over things, relationships, and lifestyles, that don’t even exist. We live in a wold of information, but is the information portrayed to you even accurate? Are we being launched into a world of competition? Is that perfect couple on Facebook really perfect? Is that adorable child really adorable, or are they a terror? Are we brainwashed into a society that control and divide us; and are we led to believe in a lifestyle that is unrealistic?
The good thing is that people are beginning to care less and less about saying connected 24/7. Why? Because it’s stressful, expensive, and it’s become noise and clutter more than actual communication. We are tired of being expected to respond to texts and emails within the hour. We are tired of commenting on an angry post and sparking a debate. At scheduling meetings while you’re at a sporting event or sitting in a dentist chair getting a cleaning—or on holiday! Now that Facebook and other social media sites have started monetizing its business pages; it won’t be long before all sites find new ways to profit, and we will be charged for everything except for the very basic features. With our electricity bills, and cost of living rising, who will be able to afford all these added features?
Clutter isn’t just on our shelves, in our closets, and on our calendars. It is in our social media feeds, breaking news, and everything in between. Our brains are overloaded with data and information. A sign of information overload is when you notice yourself skimming and scanning for something to spark your interest instead of enjoying a good read. We are always looking for more entertainment, more inspiration, more info, and more knowledge. Information is not bad, but too much turns into noise. Ask yourself why? Why do we check Facebook twenty times a day? Because we are bored, or need a distraction. The noise is only filling the space.
So you have 30,000 followers on twitter, or 1500 friends on Facebook. How many of them would recognize your name in the paper, or your face if they saw it on a billboard? Is social media quickly evolving at an intensity that is drowning out communication and competence? Are we really going to let social media create a generation of self-obsessed narcissists? Try to walk without your phone and turn off the noise during mealtime. Next time you post on Instagram, or send a Snapchat, ask yourself: “what are my intentions here?” The answer could surprise you.
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