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Modern Day Problems: The Sad Side of Social Media

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Modern Day Problems: The Sad Side of Social Media

In this age of technology, it is not surprising that people have become highly dependant on gadgets. This era promises a faster, less stressful way of life—as some call it— the microwave lifestyle. A life where one doesn’t need to put in so much effort to get a result. One of the offsprings of technology is the handset.

With new inventions and updates coming up almost on a daily basis, it is almost impossible to keep up with the trends.

One begins to wonder what the craze is about. But when we look closely we discover that indeed we are in the world wide web (pun intended).

The internet is a web capturing minds in such gripping ways that it seems
almost impossible to wriggle out of it 

The internet is a web capturing minds in such gripping ways that it seems almost impossible to wriggle out of it (reference to the spider web- get it?) Anyway, we seem to be plagued by the disease of Social Media.

Agreed, Social Media has helped us connect, we’ve become a global village. We get so much information at our fingertips, businesses thrive because of the access to a large audience. In as much as this true, we cannot help but notice its downside.

For reasons which will be discussed very soon, it is obvious that social media has been instrumental in defining what the modern problems really are.

When we talk about problems, what comes to mind are great issues such as poverty, security instability, natural disasters and the likes but what about the modern day ones such as individual insecurities, inferiority complex, depression, alter egos and more?

The sad part, a lot of people are victims and yet are completely unaware. Otherwise how can you explain the fact that social media which is meant to be a social platform, has in reality, made us antisocial.

In many homes verbal communication is almost a taboo. It’s a pity that we’d rather connect with those who live in our phones than those who are physically here with us.

Anything for the likes…

As if that isn’t enough, we seek validation from a bunch of people who for the most part really don’t care about us.

Anything for “likes and loves” will do– even if we need to go naked or get some implants, show some abs or flaunt some cash; just as long as we get noticed. All these for what? A moment of recognition?

We rather not take the long road, nope. Absolutely not! We rather shine by the lies we have created, by the heavily edited selfies, the heavily powdered and painted faces— we would rather live this way than speak our truths; than be positive influences.

Meanwhile someone at other end of the screen is feeling depressed
because they can’t keep up

Meanwhile at the other end of the screen is someone who is scrolling through and comparing themselves, feeling depressed because they can’t keep up. They wonder why they are so backward — some even begin contemplating suicide.


If only they could see through the deceptions and realize that that pic was edited to look like he was in a jet; that that dress she wore was rented and the hips were padded to look as if she was an hour glass- the waist belt concealed everything she didn’t feel right about…

…and the shopping bags were just gifts from him who is old enough to be called dad — they were the products of a one nightstand just so she could slay on Instagram.

Oh! Let’s not forget the guy who flaunts the cash but has to go gay even though he’s straight. His blood shot eyes are reflections of yesterday’s covenant–  he dares not make a mistake for his life depends on it.

If only the scrollers could see that they were far better than what they perceived was best maybe, just maybe, they wouldn’t be so depressed. Now, don’t get me wrong, it isn’t all fake but the fake surpasses the real and the fake is mostly truly believed.

After all has been said and done, the circle still moves on but you, yes YOU, it’s time to open your eyes and reevaluate your life.

You don’t need the validation of others to stay alive, you don’t need the validation of others to be recognized, connect more with those you see around you because there’s more to life than the gadget in your hand. Learn to love yourself the way you are. You really don’t need to be on the other side; you don’t need to be on the sad side.

 
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