Keeping Up With Social Media
Social media is the greatest most destructive millennial development. It has turned the whole world into a global street so that you can access information and people with no fuss. Now while that’s mostly a good thing, you stumble on things that make you question your choices.
One of the very first platforms to reach Nigeria was Hi-5. I didn’t know about the Hi-5 craze until it was almost over and almost all my friends were on it. I wasn’t particularly crazed about the prospect of meeting strangers I couldn’t actually meet.
Then came Facebook, then 2go, then BBM now these I actively participated in. So I watched the metamorphosis of those platforms from media of connecting with people to a means of corrupting people. 2go was the worst.
People thought the most they could do was chat up friends and family, make new friends, try to lure people of the opposite gender into a flirting spree, exchange phone numbers etc. When I’d log on 2go and see the nonsense going on in different groups, I’d think that is the height of it. Little did I know that it was a saintly arena compared to the future decay.
Now many of those social media platforms are just mine fields of indecency, insecurity, narcissism, immorality and many mental ills.
People utilize it for social harm and gratification out of that than for social good and a free conscience.
The timelines of Facebook are marred with lies and time-wasting stories rather than important news and socializing.
The pages of Instagram are riddled with gossip and name-calling rather than sharing and catching up.
The streets of 2go are deconsecrated by immoral ideals and vapid talk.
Even LinkedIn, a professional networking site has more love and immoral proposals in the message sectionthan work proposals.
Youtube content helps you waste hours and plenty data watching people spew useless stuff which you won’t remember in a few hours time.
Snapchat affords you a chance to watch small children ‘live there best lives’ according to social aesthetics even if they aren’t necessarily happy about that and yes, you can follow everyone’s lives right up to the colour of their underwear because that’s the whole point. Then after that, gossip about what you watched in the Dms.
And then when they have adulterated the true use of the platforms, they meet on WhatsApp.
If you wish to maintain your dignity as a person do not be caught dead roaming the streets of some platforms because they are a one-chance street.
And to maintain your sanity in others do not believe a word posted or a smile splayed or a story said or a life displayed because anyone can take a happy picture, but only a few are truly happy after the shot.
Now all of these realisations took time and change to register. And according to the true nature of the platforms, it is a duty upon you to keep up with trends, literally follow the lives of the people you are following(because you have nothing better to do), suck up all the idealogies and propaganda they subtly release because that is about the aim of the apps and be a merry smartphone puppet.
Now all that notwithstanding, social media is an absolutely amazing tool for those who actually know how to use it for the best and that’s those who know how to develop themselves, network, form meaningful relationships or strengthen existing ones, be productive, impact others, source for jobs or further their businesses and generally positively develop themselves.
Just know that it should be more for keeping in touch than gossiping and stalking. It should be more for linking up with like minded people than negative ones, it should be more for putting your capabilities out their than putting your life and beauty none of which are your achievements.
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