Hi instafriends 🏻 it's been a while! Just got back from the vacation of a lifetime exploring the beautiful coast of #alaska , and I just had to share this absolutely amazing rainforest garden over at @glaciergardens in #Juneau . I'm still in awe...
Being away from civilization, the internet, and social media for so long really allowed me to reflect on it's influence in our society. All too often, we as a species find ourselves taking advantage of a tool, to the extent of our own detriment. I read article after article drawing correlations between social media and it's proven negative effects on the brain, yet I find that our society does little to combat it's use. In fact, we seem to cling to it more (perhaps to feed the dopamine response needed after reading about it's dangers...) What was once a tool seems to have become a vicious cycle for many.
I admit, I find myself falling into the trap. I mean, honestly, who hasn't found themselves paying a little too much attention to their follower count and photo likes? Shoot, this is just one of three instagram accounts that I own. As a child raised in the age of Myspace and Facebook, social media has ruled most of my life, priming my thought processes with addictive casino-style techniques. What was once an innocent mode of communication has engrained itself into the very fabric of human interaction, from event planning to keeping in touch with grandma... but at what cost? Is the increase in narcissism, depression, anxiety, addiction, aggression, bullying, and youth suicide really worth it?
Recently, it has been revealed that social media has the power to go so far as to influence elections. While I do not doubt this at all, I worry about the impact this revelation will have on our ability to speak freely on these platforms. As a staunch political moderate, I see pendulums swinging far too widely in all directions for my comfort. Have we reached the point of no return?
It seems to me that lately, if we aren't careful, the things we use end up finding ways to use us... Just some food for thought. - 3 hours ago