This post is not to take the piss, insult, hurt, discriminate or bitch in any form. I’m writing this as a personal entry, inspired by what I’ve been seeing lately around Facebook (mostly) and the rest of the social networks.
It’s a fact we can’t deny, that the social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, have taken a huge amount and part over our lives. We depend on our laptops and cell phones, as thought there isn’t an outside world. Just 10 years ago, things were much different and we lived through, right? Anyway, we all feel like sharing with the world. That’s why we constantly upload photos up on Facebook or share them through Instagram. We update our statuses and we’re ‘in need’ to know what someone else’s up to. Some of us even take a step forward and copy what other people do, to gain this ‘popularity’ or feeling of acceptance on these social networks. This brought me to the question, since when did the world got so depended on our virtual reality?
Indeed, many can say that the Internet and the social networks altogether, were found to make our lives easier. This is true. Well, to some degree. Lets see the bad influence of the internet from another perspective, aside the cyber bullying, pedophilia, rapes, murders etc. What about the Internet tracking, the leaked information, the twisted stories of the third world countries? How has THIS brought any progress to the humanity?
But at the end of the day, we still log in on Facebook to see what people are up to, kinda sweeping all of this under the rug. Don’t feel ashamed, we all do it.
I’ve gone a little far from the subject I was meant to write this, oops. My main concern, and something I can do about it, is what is going on around my Facebook. Yes, each of our Home Page is different, due to various people we know/add. So, in my case, every day I see people who are desperately trying to put a mask, pretend something they aren’t. Plus info: age bracket around 20. I do appreciate and salute when someone has a hobby and is trying to progress in it, but don’t understand why people do things just to gain online attention. Most of them, I know in person and they’re nothing like what they appear on Facebook. Most of them are scared, closed-minded, lazy and stupid by choice. They don’t care what’s going on in the real world, what values should they care, what are the down sides of meeting ‘the love of your life’ online and are really all those 267 people who liked their photo, their real friends. But there is one particular type of people who seem to take up to 93% of all people I know, worldwide. The ‘fake’ type. These are people who wear shirts with Star Wars things, but never seen a scene from Star Wars (and we all know Star Wars are popular these days). People who say the Game Of Thrones series are better than the books, but do not know who the author really is. Or people who decide to talk BS about their country just because there is a slight change (regardless good or bad). Here are included people who rapidly started listening to bands such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Arctic Monkeys, Jamiroquai, Nirvana but actually know a few songs from each. Here too, many will say that that is okay. Yes, it is okay! But we’re all missing the big picture behind all of this. Of course there are people who actually do like all the things I mentioned above, so these people are excluded from my example. I’m talking about these people who, I guess, are really charismatic and charming that people look up to them and want to become something their level. The easiest way to do this is by copying them. This creates the same picture in other people’s eyes and the chain goes endlessly.
Recently, I ran onto a friend on Facebook who had this weird, somewhat contemplating status. Knowing this person, it didn’t surprise me that much but what I thought after reading that status, was ‘Why is this person over thinking their existence? They’re young, they should be enjoying life, not really worry about things like this.’ I guess this status brought me to write this in the first place.
My point is, people should see, really see the big picture of this tool called the Internet. You won’t get hurt if you know how to use it, what to share and what not to share, who to add and who to left out. The Internet is also a great research tool, just have in mind that all those bad things that happen to the people around the world, they can happen to you, too. It’s a higher power we created but we can’t control it. We made it to make our lives easier, not living hell. We made it to make it easier to put up our masks and become someone we always wanted to be. At the end of the day, the Internet will become a tool for mass destruction, social suicide. And I see the solution in a walk in the park nearby, good book (even borrowed!), music and nature. Cliché, yes. True, even more so.