Our world today is more connected than ever. Almost everyone we know uses some form of social media. Social networking sites are a great way to connect with people, provided one uses them wisely and objectively. A growing concern however, is whether it is we who control social media, or is social media controlling us? As attractive as the virtual world may seem, it is very important that we stay in touch with the realities of life that lie beyond the screens of our phones and laptops. Planning our activities, as well as participation on and off the screen will boost a balanced, healthy and happy life for us.
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Most social networks end up becoming a measure of popularity and likeability of the user. On social networks we tend to associate our self-worth with the number of likes we get on our pictures and posts or how many people follow us which becomes a constant source of stress and anxiety. Hence, it is very important to believe that self-worth is way bigger than what we perceive it to be.
“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” This quote by Steve Furtick sums up very aptly that we develop the tendency to compare ourselves/our lives to that of others. But we should not fail to realize that they are only displaying the best aspect of their lives and grass is not always greener on the other side.
Fear Of Missing Out
It is normal today for people to get extremely panicky and frustrated if they are not able to access the internet for any reason. Anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere is known as the ‘fear of missing out’ or FOMO.It is good to know what is happening in the world but we should always strive to have a balance in order to fully enjoy ourselves.
Social media is available to anyone at any time. We constantly keep going online to see what new thing has happened. Very often we see people forgetting to enjoy and stuck inside their phones texting people who are not even there. Our phones and tabs can be a constant source of distraction. It is in our own hands to make the best of technology and use it to enhance our own comfort and happiness.
Another big issue that can be attributed to the rise of internet and the social media is our ability to delay or postpone important/urgent task. It is almost an epidemic that is affecting a large mass that would rather sit and surf the internet and social media websites than doing their assigned work. Hence, it is very important to set our priorities straight and manage our time.
Social media has given us platforms to express ourselves. It is a free zone that brings out a very personalized opinion about things which are viewed and valued by a large mass. However, overuse may lead us to over evaluate the importance of our opinions and narrow our way of accepting others’ views. Hence, we need to keepadequate knowledge ofits positive and negative effects.
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