Are We Becoming Too Reliant Upon Social Media?
I don’t have many social media platforms – l have WordPress because despite what many think – WordPress is also a social media platform – it just has more depth to it in my opinion. I guess l do use this platform as a form of social media but not like other platforms – here is more of a styled daily brain journal for me.
I have an Instagram account that l don’t use, but l only discovered l had an account three months ago and then realised one of my assistants had set it up a month after the platform itself launched back in 2010 and at that time for my business which unbeknownst to them had already closed its doors down due to recession! But l discovered it by complete accident – l had a peruse of it last week and saw some familiar faces from here also had accounts. I don’t think l have any use of it at this present time.
I also have a Facebook account, it’s my third – l only maintain one – l used to have a different private one and also a business one. The business one got hacked and l only managed to glean access again last year. Facebook deleted my original personal account in 2012 on the grounds of it being unsafe due to my erotic poetry!!
I opened up a fresh account moved my poetry to something call Scrbd and then very rarely used FB much after that – but l still have it and mostly for the internal chat system. I belong to a composting group and run a few group pages that l manage with regards gaming and gardening. But in truth l am hardly there. I glean more fun by stopping by and checking out my memories which many a time form the basis to some of the Random Quotes series.
I used to have two Twitter accounts which l started in 2016 and ran to 2018. One was for Scrappy and she had her own followers from May 2016 – May 2018 and the other was in support of my Tee Shirt business Classic Eggshell Moments which began in May like Scrappy’s but was closed down in July 2017 – because l just found it too much hard work, but also because l was Guest Writing for a Gold Making Gamers blog and contemplating starting my own blog which was this one September 2017.
For the most part l found Twitter to be too much up its own arse and in many ways a waste of time and effort with regards a business user. I found also many a time the actual social users to be insultive, trollish and childish and way worse than any playground at school! People think they can get away with murder because of their anonymity and so you found all sorts in there! Many a time as sad as this is ….. l found the purest of stupidity present and that’s why l left. Scrappy as a dog only really had dog followers and dog lovers and owners alike as followers and it was a sad day when her account closed as she was very popular but also like her old man she too was running her own blog – Doodlepip’s Adventures!
Her blog was actually gaining more stardom than her Twitter account and either of my two other blogs – A Guy Called Bloke and The Tee Shirt Blogger. So in January – March 2018 l did the sensible thing – l amalgamated all three together!
Thus this monster of today was born …….. this then became my main go to social platform of ease, convenience and fun and not forgetting community. But l tend to not specifically use this as a true social media vessel more as said a kind of online open to the eyes of the world brain journal – of course, l do socialise here, but differently.………….
………………. now to the matter at hand , the question?
I have noticed in recent times and maybe you have too that it appears that people are becoming maybe ‘dumber’ or stupider or maybe it’s just lazy or maybe, perhaps, possibly it is that people are becoming too reliant upon social media as the bearer of trustworthy news, fantastic advice, structured logics – the only GO TO resource for facts?
I am in Facebook on a composting group as an example of this new confusion of mine ……. and it appears that people now take word for word anything that is writtem whether it is true or not? People seemingly have become so brainwashed and programmed by social media that they have lost the art of researching out their own facts.
People seem to have become sucked into the ‘Social Media is Good’ credo and no longer think for themselves and at times l swear l can hear the chants of ‘all hail social media!!’
I mean how long before society forgets how to analyze life with its own brain? We are already starting to see peoples, cultures and societies buy into the whole ‘creative imagination thing as being dangerous!’ Political Correctness is fast getting out of hand, many people no longer seemingly wish to think for themselves or tackle issues of concern, society doesn’t agree with those having their own opinion at times especially if it goes against the grain of what society deems normal and never mind how normal is being defined anymore!
Society is very quick these days to cancel and ostracise what it thinks is wrong ……
Social media l don’t deny is a pretty powerful tool and a weapon combined, but in the process of all of this social media frenzy are we forgetting how to be free thinking people? Are we too reliant on it all?
Let me know below what your views are? Thanks – Rory