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Overstimulated

“Social media is more about sociology and psychology than it is about technology”

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This is a post about honesty. Because we are living in an age where honesty stands to be an a word we reminisce about but whose meaning we will have forgotten. The world we live in now feels like its bombarding us with information. You are suddenly damned if you comply and damned if you don’t. How did people live before computers, mobile phones and wi-fi? Hasn’t technology made us a selfish generation? Separated us from life’s treasures. We will miss savoring the beauty of a sunset in the pursuit of a selfie to share with the world on instagram, facebook or twitter. People go to restaurants to take pictures of food instead of eat it. Touch screens have made us actually lose touch with life. We no longer have the patience to have conversations without abbreviations. Kids being born now know nothing about a world where people wrote letters and learnt to pen down emotions as opposed to using smiley faces as the new expression currency. And while some may argue that times have changed and we need to embrace that change, does it have to come at the cost of our souls? Because even a quick survey with the first 20 people you meet on any day on what they cannot go a day without… 90% will definitely say their phones.

“The average person spends 4 years of his life looking at his phone”

How absurd life has become. Social media has rewired how we live and everything about our lives. To reminisce about an old photo you have to wait for Thursday for a #ThrowBackThursday or Friday for a #FlashBackFriday. I spoke about honesty because very few will admit that media has reduced their human connection. More friends on Facebook do not mean you have strong bonds with the ones you love. More often that not its an inverse relationship. The truth of the matter is that we are living in the generation of over-stimulation and vanity.

“The more social media we have, the more we think we are connecting, yet we are really disconnecting from each other”

Is there a solution? Most people would feel they have no control. Because shutting off means not being in the know and in a world whose currency has become information, that is not a viable option. I personally spend 60% of the day in front of a screen working. Its the job territory that demands it. But when do we take a step back and say…you know what, I need to shut off from technology and just take a walk and see the world.Because it really is a double edged sword. Is social media replacing our interactions or adding to it. I tend to think even our brains are being rewired to this new integration as people move from non-verbal signals to  verbal ones. We are lacking that feeling of saying with glances and invading others and letting others see us with the authenticity that eye contact brings.

The past is indeed a foreign country seeing as how far we have come and the changes that keep happening in each day. We will keep loving social media and making it a bigger part of our lives as we advance into the future. How that affects who we are as people, how meaningful our interactions are and whether realness is a thing of the past is something we can only wait and see.

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For now; let me leave you with a few quips and repartees on how people have viewed social media:

Tweeting is talking into the abyss, filling a void in your life by avoiding real human contact

An open Facebook page is simply a psychiatric dry erase board that screams, “Look at me. I am insecure. I need your reaction to what I am doing, but you’re not cool enough to be my friend. Therefore, I will just pray you see this because the approval of God is not all I need

How different would people act if they couldn’t show off on social media? Would they still do it?

Social media is an amazing tool, but its really the face to face interaction that makes a long term impact

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