.Awakening - Social Media
Social Media has changed the face of this world. Over the last 12+ now, human beings have totally changed the way they look at life, think about oneself, perceive relationships, and define happiness.
You don't even need to step out of your bedroom to get to know what's happening in another part of the world - oftentimes totally irrelevant to you.
While there seem to be many benenfits, there are more losses.
Losses that can't be seen through the naked eye.
Ill-effects of Social Media
There are Several side-effects / ill-effects of using Social Media, in general. This is not specific to any Platform. However, the more Popular an App, higher are the chances of you suffering from these ill-effects / side-effects / negative effects.
This text was written by me as a Quora Answer to the question: What are the negatives of using the TikTok app? Today's youth are (unfortunately) GLUED to it all day. This is as of 2019.
NOTE: I am NOT against Social Media. These tools have been made BY US and FOR US. They’re for fun, and it would be alienating to not use them at all. However, every coin has two sides.
Unless you "work" on Social Media as your Source of Income (or your Bread and Butter), here are some of the ill-effects that you must keep in mind (as a pure User):
Histrionic Personality Disorder
♦ Excessive Attention Seeking
♦ Inappropriately Seductive Behavior
♦ Low Tolerance to Stress
♦ Being overly dramatic about petty things
♦ Getting 'Likes' appears easy on some Apps, when you see some ridiculous content getting up to 1M Likes, which makes one feel Likes-deprived.
♦ Fame Lust is at its peak. It's almost competing with Sex Lust, I'd say.
♦ Inability to get 'Likes' generates Anxiety and Stress, in amounts more than those produced during Loneliness.
♦ What about the Youth who are already Virtually Popular? Well, they were born with those Intentions. Moreover, it is important that they keep their focus on Real Life more. There's much more to life than Fame and Popularity - are they prepared for it?
♦ 19-20-year-olds calling themselves 'Influencers' and behaving like 'Celebrities' is what makes them Fake, because they're nothing, but self-proclaimed ones. Have they even seen life?
♦ Getting Popular on an App does NOT make you a Celebrity.
♦ Those who have reached great heights via this app (like Mr. Faisu - one of the best examples) were already on that path. Apps were just their medium.
Negative / Unhealthy / Vulgar Content
♦ Oh, I've seen so many Vulgar videos (cleavages & bulges) on Tik Tok getting immensely Popular. I don't care if the Moderators delete them. They've already been reposted by millions. This is nothing, but detrimental to the Society & Culture in the long run.
♦ Slapping each other, Revenge, Anger, Crying videos - how are all these Motivational or Educational or Inspiring?
♦ Youth's minds are getting rewired to think about things that aren't really progressive for the future world. For example: the emphasis is more on "looking sexy", and not on "trying to be a good human being".
Reduced Ability to Focus
♦ These days, young boys and girls can't even hold a conversation. They're glued to their Mobile Phones so much that nothing else seems more interesting or important to them.
♦ Whether a Creator or Consumer, you are only thinking about the app when you're not on the App, especially because it is highly engaging.
♦ Why are some Apps / Platforms so addictive? That's because it is natural for us, humans, to bond with one another. However, we totally forget that we are supposed to bond with each other IN THE REAL WORLD, and NOT OVER THE VIRTUAL WORLD. That's NOT how it works.
♦ "I don't have Likes despite having better content, which means I am - probably not good enough in / for this world." obviously aggravates Low Self-esteem.
♦ Can you guess what might be happening with a not-so-good-looking 19-year-old when he sees an extremely cute 19-year-old getting 300K likes for just walking? Such Low Self-esteem, obviously, causes a permanent damage (slowly, but permanently) to one's mind, and, thus, life.
♦ "I am not good-looking-enough", "I am not talented-enough" are natural thoughts in many youngsters today. Lack of fulfillment (via Likes) results in Revengeful attitudes or direct Depression.
♦ In a 2017 video "Do Humans Reincarnate As Animals?" I mentioned at 6:09 that as time goes ahead, people will have even trivial reasons to be sad about.
Lack of Popularity
♦ Failure to get what you want causes the feeling of Rejection, which affects the same areas in the brain that are affected during immense body pain. Imagine what happens to your brain, body, and mind, when such a feeling is generated DAILY for an entire year.
Unsolicited Content from Random Strangers
♦ People - in this world - were "lost" and "wandering" even before the Social Media came into existence. Now, with unsolicited content at their fingertips, they are seeings things that are totally irrelevant to their lives. This, obviously, causes distraction and takes focus away from one's individual progress. This is a very deep thing to think about.
I am all over the Internet, but NOT addicted to any Platform, and I have proven this to myself several times. I use the Platforms in a very very detached manner, and that's how it should be:
♦ I post ONLY WHEN I feel like posting - not when I think the Platform expects me to
♦ I DO NOT CARE about who sees my Stories / Statuses, because I know that the ones who want to connect with me will surely see them
♦ I DO NOT CARE about random strangers on the Internet. I would rather focus on loving the real people around me (the toughest thing to do, isn't it? ).
♦ I have NO SOCIAL MEDIA days, and I celebrate them
♦ I use Social Media only for being accessible to everyone - not to achieve anything.
♦ Nothing is Permanent - not even my posts. I delete them very often.
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