POWER OF NOW
Living the moment
Jaded by the rapid advancements of technology and social media.
Do you ever feel conflicted?
Or a familiar yet unknown feeling of lost?
Technology has undoubtedly bring about tremendous benefits to the society: medical advancements, cost efficiency, great discoveries and explorations, which in summary equates to convenience. Social media is the child of technological evolution. Long gone are the days of heartfelt letters and post cards. Social media has brought people together in an amazingly cost efficient way. However, is it a blessing or a curse? (hold up, this is not a school exposition essay)
Dining with friends and family in bizarre silence, other than the clinking of cutleries that symphonizes with the subtle tapping of glass and occasional buzz. Our eyes glued to brightly lit screens while we shove down food. Almost disregarding the taste, as if we are forced to eat to live.
Yet so far.
We've somehow distant ourselves from one another as we plunge deeper into the unknown of social media.
A human's inherent repulsive obsession with numerical figures. We love counting the numbers in our accounts. The feeble attempt at manipulating the numbers in our following made us oblivious to surroundings as we chase to capture that perfect shot. Everything has to be white. Gotta flash my luxury products. Oh right, how about showing some skin to gain more likes.
Our morals diluted by materialism.
Come to think about it, we barely live the beautiful moments. We evolve together with technology. It has become a primary instinct for us to capture a mesmerising scene, believing we have the ability to freeze the moment and relive it. We do not fully experience the moment as our minds are too held up by trivial issues. We fear the opportunity to post it online slip away. In another note, we get triggered by things/people that we think are better than us. It's either admiration or jealousy. No in-between. Regrettably, it is easy for one to get sucked into the abyss of jealousy and hatred.
Unsurprisingly, the proliferation of mental illnesses like social media depression have surged over the years. This is the sickening result of prolonged use of social media, which includes anxiety and low-self esteem.
So, why are we doing this to ourselves again?
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