Social Media Is Dragging Us Into The Gutter: But I’m Told There ‘s A Way Out

I’m positioned so that my phone is avoiding the sun’s glare and within arm’s reach. My neck is burning quite badly, but that’s ok because at this angle I know instantly when a Whatsapp message comes through or whether my Facebook check-in (“Catching some rays in the park. Bliss”) has hit twenty likes. A few metres away children are playing, vying for attention, whilst their parents sit in silence, adding filters to the choreographed family photo they just took. There’s a game of cricket happening to the right – one of the players just missed a catch because he was staring at his tablet. The twenty somethings to the left of me haven’t spoken for five minutes, communicating with their thumbs instead – no doubt organising a meet-up with other friends they can ignore. I can’t help thinking how strange things have become since social media was catapulted into our lives. We put hours into creating an online persona far removed from our real lives. We seek approval off people we don’t really know (and cross the street to avoid), whilst ignoring our nearest and dearest. For many it’s more important to be perceived as happy than to actually be […]

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