Death by Social Media

Death by Social Media
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Humans have never been the strongest creatures on the earth, but their aggregate accomplishments have been impressive, frequently cultivated inside tribes or small groups. These groups have constantly offered comfort despite the shifting sands of time, whether they were shaped by war, starvation, or celebrations. Our social interactions inevitably changed as civilization evolved into the digital era. From sharing personal achievements to addressing social concerns, the social media had many advantages.

However, as capitalism expanded, social media gradually evolved into a form of digital addiction. What started off as a sharing platform turned into a comparison spiral where painstakingly chosen messages and photographs displayed people living lifestyles we wish we afford. With unlimited, on-demand entertainment, the social media has an irresistible draw. But the addiction factor is not exactly a side effect, but more of a designed output.

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We are exposed to a wide range of stuff on social media, from pop culture to our own interests, and it frequently disengages us in ways we may not be aware of. Innocent distractions slowly infiltrate our lives and occupy our time and minds.

Here are a few negative impacts of social media that you might not be aware of:

6.Static Identity

While we do identify with particular ideologies or groups, we may alter our thoughts and process throughout our life. In a perfect world, we would be surrounded by people who love and support us, yet social media rarely creates these kinds of connections. Our posts draw followers who adores the posts and ideas and not exactly the person behind it, so changing who we are runs the danger of alienating these followers. As a result, we are limited to a persona that expands but does not evolve which is not desirable for your personality growth.

5.Fear of Missing Out (FOMO)

We record and share our accomplishments and activities, frequently emphasizing the positives. We observe a lack of vulnerability in these posts when we think back on them, such as not expressing breakdowns or depressing events. Continuously viewing highly curated posts of high standard may give a false illusion of the reality and create a illusionary yardstick to which we compare our life. This can distort one's vision of reality and encourage feelings of inadequacy and ongoing FOMO.

4.Superficial Thinking

We focus our attention on social media's bright and attention-getting features. This emphasis on carefully chosen pictures and material items is by no means normal. We develop judgements based on incomplete information and attribute celebrities and influencers more weight than our friends and neighbours. We fight over trivial issues (let it be political, religious or ideological) in senseless battles.

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3. Bubble Reputation

Social media networks utilise follower count as a measure to encourage involvement similar to experience points in games. We have this constant feeling that we are being watched and judged for things, just as the feeling we get when some one stares at us from afar. Users prioritise gaining an audience as it makes them feel validated. However, the majority of interactions are merely surface-level, as is clear when one briefly stops using social media. As activity declines, the reputation bubble contracts, leaving us to wonder what reputation is really worth.

2.Lessens Attention Span

When given the option, we prefer to indulge over abstain. This idea is used in marketing, as demonstrated by Instagram and other similar websites. They give us the false impression that we have a choice, which causes us to watch stuff longer than we had meant. In response, content producers produce fast, attention-grabbing material, which reduces our attention spans and encourages us to seek out rapid pleasure.

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Next time, calculate how much time you are spending on Reels or short videos.

1.Tunnel Vision and Chaos

Social media networks have built-in search boxes, but we frequently rely on curated feeds instead. Algorithms are not always intended to provide factual information; rather, they are designed to engage and hook in the users. We often believe that a group of people are truthful than a single person. This can work against us, when we are fed with a plethora of videos that makes up theories and assumptions. Whether it be woman are toxic, these groups behave this way, sigma, alpha theory, or conspiracies we are fed with stuff, that are literally of zero use in our day to day life.

We are exposed to disinformation, misinformation, and pseudoscience which are hardly recognisable from the real ones. We are constrained by preconceived assumptions rather than broadening our viewpoints, which limits our potential for critical thought.

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Try fact checking information, you are fed with before digesting them as such.

In conclusion, even if social media has enabled unheard-of levels of communication, its drawbacks are more obvious. It's essential to understand and control these consequences in order to have a healthier relationship with the digital world.

Basha Yes

Basha Yes

India