I have shut down my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. I believe that they are having a tremendously negative affect on society.
Social is described by the Cambridge Dictionary as: “relating to activities in which you meet and spend time with other people”, whereas the Cambridge Dictionary defines Social Media as: “computer programs that allow people to communicate and share information.”
People are no longer “meeting and spending time with other people.” Social Media is creating a society in which we all become faceless. Individuals get excited when they see that they have 728 friends on Facebook, yet those same people haven’t interacted with an actual human being in months. This creates a false sense of being and creates a reality in which people no longer know how to interact at a human level.
Individuals make commentary that they would never make in “the real world.” There is a false sense of bravado which elicits many arguments online. This is further exacerbated in the Twitter Universe where individuals go off on rants and have no issue with uttering ugly commentary.
As for Instagram, it is nothing more than a vanity outlet, saying look at me, look at what’s going on in my life.
It is a sad state when individuals no longer know how to communicate with others. I recently walked into a coffee shop and it appeared as if everyone was connected to their laptops, tablets, smart phones…I went up to the counter to place and order and observed: “Am I the only one who comes in here to chat, to visit with others?”…the response from my friend behind the counter was: “No kidding, I think you’re the friendliest person who comes in here.
When the President-Elect is sending out malicious tweets at 3:00 AM, sadly, this world has become completely detached.
I have not yet made a determination about this blog; I am still thinking about it…I don’t see this as a form of social media, but rather an online magazine format. I may be wrong; my only reservation about Blogging is that anybody with half a brain could write a blog and I do worry about extremists writing their vitriol online and having it taken as gospel. Then again the “Internet” is a place for free discourse, so who am I to judge others writing.
The revolution that is needed is a rethinking of Facebook and Twitter and the like; this world is falling a part at an alarming rate and I believe people need to be able to communicate with other humans in a kinder, more friendly world.
No Man Is An Island – Poem by John Donne
No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend’s
Or of thine own were:
Any man’s death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.