Are we spending too much time in checking our social media accounts?? If, Yes! Then this post is definitely going to help you. Do you ever realize how much time in a day you spend on social media, I am sure No, because if you would have realized then you wouldn’t be reading this post ahead. We are a part of society where we are bound to get addicted to our smart phones, our laptops, our tablets and other technological devices. Today in this post I’m going to talk about how badly social media is affecting our lives. We all get so engrossed in this digital world that we don’t even realize that our real lives are getting lost somewhere. We are so much into digital devices; mostly social media which make us forget the value of what we have in our real world.
Let me share the recent example of a Lunch date with my Girlfriends. The moment we got served with our order we all got busy with clicking the food pictures. For some reason there are times when I myself get glued with my phone. And there are even times, when I just don’t feel like holding it and that’s the time when I observe others and realize that almost 60 % of the people sitting around us are busy on their phones instead of interacting with the people sitting next to them. Isn’t this shocking that we are somehow becoming the slaves of these technological devices. And actually we humans created these devices to be our slaves instead.
Then the question arises, can social media affect relationships? And I will say absolutely YES.
The era of digital world came as boon, but people are misusing it and it’s affecting every single person associated with it in some way or the other. Keep reading I will let you know how.
We all care about how to impress people at our social media profile? How to fake out things? How to be the best on social media? But during all this, we forget who we really are. We forget to be grateful for what we have, rather than running after what we don’t have on our digital platforms.
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Another major issue I recently observed with the usage of social media is the rat race for followers. Ask yourself honestly, don’t you run after the Instagram followers? Don’t you wish for a strong social media following? Relax its natural. We all are running in the same race of being noticed on social media platforms, but it becomes a serious issue when all you are bothered about is your followers on social media rather than being concerned about the ones who are present there in your real life. And that somehow makes you judgmental about a person who is standing next to you. And you never know that person may be more successful and more talented than you but may have fewer followers than you.
Admit it! We’ve started taking things for granted. We don’t value what we possess.
I am not denying the fact that Social Media has become one of the powerful tools of technology. And with great power comes with great responsibility. Initially social media was created as a networking platform, I am talking the time of Orkut but slowly & steadily it got converted in a great Marketing Tool instead. But now it has become even more. There are people who even use this tool to defame the competitors and that’s called Ugly Marketing. And eventually the person who gets affected by all this is none other than a Consumer (aka Aam Aadmi). When I was pursuing my MBA, I studied that creativity is the major aspect of marketing however one should never forget the ethics.
Likewise, it’s crazy to see that people are ready to share anything or everything without even thinking about the consequences of usage of a particular product. Marketing doesn’t at all mean you should put across fake words. For say, being a blogger or an influencer you have the power to influence but again with great power comes with great responsibility. That means you are being responsible for your words.
One more major issue which I had observed with the time and that is, ‘Comparison’. And it all starts with your social media profiles; we tend to compare our lives with others, just by seeing their pictures. And eventually it makes you jealous of that friend or a relative and it slowly leads in differences and that too for a reason which remains unknown to both of you.So, what do we do to get rid of this mental instability which has been caused by Social Media and have been affecting our lives?
Here are some of the suggestions on how we can stop getting affected by virtual world:-
- Family Time: Start spending quality time with your family. Nobody loves you more than your family does, spend time with them and feel the emotions of everyone around. Always be available whenever they need you. And do it for yourself, not for your virtual world. Trust me; it’s going to be tough but not impossible.
- Meditate: Meditation is the solution to many problems. Start meditating, you’ll automatically start being grateful for what you have and you’ll start feeling calm and relaxed.
- Limit your smart phone usage: Everything has its limit, and if you go beyond the limit, the results will definitely be disaster. Limit your smart phone usage, set a time limit of when you’ll be using the internet, and stay stick to the assigned limit.
- Develop a Hobby: Developing a hobby will distract your desire to use smart phone. Explore yourself, find your hobby and start working on it. This is probably the most fun way to avoid the trap of the social media/virtual world!
Let me also get clear upon one thing, with the help of this post I am not at all bashing on social media. I myself use this platform to reach out to millennial and I am extremely thankful to social media for this. But everything has its pros and cons. And thankfully god has gifted us with brains unlike animals that help us in making the correct choice for ourselves. And that’s what I have learnt with the time, how to put my phone down. Trust me the moment you will start doing this, you yourself will see the change. As I have found that in my life.
Hope this post helps you to get rid of the negative effects of social media. If there is something you want to share with me or want me to share something more, then please feel free to comment below or you can even mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org