There is a huge love affair that is very prevalent. The conspirator in this affair is very seductive, affecting both men and women. It’s a genius at stealing attention and making itself the center of a person’s world. It is very very smooth. It’s successfully hurt relationships and marriages, is a source of conflict and as a result can make your loved one feel very alone.
So who is the perpetrator? Your phone.
That’s right you phone.
Rarely do I go out anymore and see individuals fully engaged with one another. Instead there are constant distractions and buzzes from those little things we carry around in our pockets.
Facebook notifications, tweet updates, new pinterest posts, photos on instagram, added people in our circle on linkedin. Not to mention the countless lame and utterly pointless youtube videos.
Communication is dying, much like the dinosaur.
We become more and more self absorbed in our selfie, false reality, I’m better than you showy digital world.
We use filters and adjustments to make us look thinner and sexier. We showcase all the good things in our lives, while keeping all the bad habits and ugly parts off so the world doesn’t see them, and we have this completely fake persona of a perfect life that is anything but.
Who are we really fooling? Ourselves? Our friends? People who are in our friends, but we have no idea why?
Trying to impress people and win approval from people we don’t care about, or compete with strangers we don’t know.
The love affair is getting worse. It sticks it’s grimy fingers in everything. And as with all dangerous affairs there is a need to cut it off.
I love some of the benefits of social media, the ability to convey thoughts and ideas, share moments with loved ones across time and space. It’s a useful tool. But like most tools, if you can’t handle it properly it can become dangerous.
How has social media grown you as a person, or made you a better person, or gotten you closer to your life goal? Maybe it’s time to start asking if it’s getting us closer to those things, or distracting us from getting there.