I picked up my phone. I nearly had a hundred messages from twenty of my friends. I wonder what was happening. Was it some new gossip? Some new scandal? Were they planning to hangout? I opened the first message excitedly and what I saw next nearly made me drop my phone out of my hands. My whole body started shaking. I felt really embarrassed. Apparently, some person from my school had created this meme page on Instagram about everyone in the school. And it had my picture as well! I found it really offensive. Since I’m not on Instagram, all my friends were messaging me and letting me know about it. Some people found it funny(which kind of it was). But since I’m a person who gets panicked and freaked out easily, I was angry. This anonymous person was making jokes out of everyone’s personal lives. Many of my friends reported the account and this is the hot topic to discuss ever since.
But when I thought of it after a while with a calm mind, I realized this wasn’t something new we were seeing on social media. Since it was about me I got all this furious and critical about violating Instagram’s policies and interfering in people’s lives and what not. It hit me a bit later that social media is full of these things- memes, gossip and negativity.
Social media was invented so that people can catch up with one another, not insult each other and use someone else’s life for entertainment. What happened with me is a very small thing. Probably a joke by one of my friends. No one would even remember it after a week. But that is not what my point is. My point is to make my readers realize how powerful social media has become. How it is controlling us.
People these days use Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat to show each other how rich they are or how cool they are or how much fun they are having. Most people today leave these platforms because they are tired of the negativity and falseness that surrounds it.
You can change a person’s reputation in a second by this. People leak inappropriate photos and videos of someone, many of which are fake. In addition to this, there are so many cyber crimes surrounding us. People make fake accounts to fool others. The main cause of us getting fooled is our dependency on social media. We talk to people more online than in real life. We tend to look for happiness, love and attention through fake means which turns out to be very harmful.
Having a thousand followers and a million likes on a picture has become a race. We want to look the best, go to the best places, hangout with the best people, eat the best food just for our feed on Instagram. Our happiness now depends on the number of likes and comments we get.
I’m not trying to be a total critic and this very saint-like person. Nor am I trying to say that social media is very wrong. No, it isn’t. I also use it. It is very useful and entertaining. Wrong is the way we handle it. We should not use it to harm or insult others. Nor should we try to find happiness through it. It’s a tool humans made for their use, let us not let it control us. Let’s post less, like less and live more.
Thank you so much for taking time out and reading this.
Hope you all scroll less and live more.
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