The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Social Media
Is social media real or fake simulation?
First and foremost, humans are a group animal designed to make social connections within a relatively small community.
We naturally thrive off being part of a group for safety reasons and to develop industrious co-operation. Our evolutionary expansion into cities has created many negative social obstacles such as a lack of democratic accountability, the spread of diseases, pollution, etc, and also a breakdown of community spirit causing a frightening increase in loneliness.
People are flooding the streets yet statistically we’ve never been so lonely due to population growth in concentrated areas, the failure of multiculturalism, global migration and unnecessary, enforced austerity. This hectic confusion, steering us away from nature, causes widespread mistrust with scams, crime and users around every corner.
All of these evolutionary social factors, along with their technological advancements, have resulted in the creation and ludicrous explosion in social media usage.
Approximately 330 million people actively use Twitter every month, 1 billion on Instagram and a whopping 2.4 billion use Facebook. On the face of it social media conveniently increases your chances of finding the right partner and friends, but using these mind-boggling platforms suck-up masses of free time which could alternatively be spent meeting other people in person.
We receive way more viral hugs now than real hugs. That’s the amusing irony; using Twitter, etc, takes you away from real life eye-contact but makes you feel less lonely. However, we generally assume real human contact is way more important than chatting with distant tweeps and peeps, or is it?
Being and feeling like you’re understood is a fundamental part of your happiness and eternal peace, and there’s no specific reason why someone on the other side of the world can’t do that for you in spades.
For all its shady disguises, social media distancing breaks through layers of real-life superficiality too, becoming a meeting of minds rather than making the success of a meeting between strangers about fashion statements or levels of attractiveness and charisma. Social media bypasses many social boundaries and brings people together even though they may never meet.
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