For years we’ve been told we hold an inconsequential place in an ever expanding Universe. Social media changed all that. Now everyone is the center of their own universe.
Instead of expanding, each universe now intersects with other universes in an ever-larger chain of Venn intersections. We don’t expand. We don’t grow. We connect.
Like a foamy cloud of bubbles rolling against one another, we float in a breeze, obsessed within our own bubble of awareness, and ignorant of the larger universe outside our tiny, soapy membrane. Our sensory input of the outside world is limited to what can fit on a tiny retina-screen.
Sure, we live our lives and then report on it to others, but how much more living would we accomplish if we put down our devices?
The Internet was going to expand our horizons and open up new vistas of information and knowledge. Instead it’s become a cesspool of narcissism and compulsive branding. The knowledge and information is still there, but who has the time after watching hours of LOLCats and uploading meal photos?
What passes for deep thoughts in social media often amounts to shallow platitudes cribbed from other sources. We lack the capacity for honesty and introspection because we’re wasting time looking for the perfect Gandhi quote.
Others enlist social media to take the place of needed psychoanalysis. Facebook Therapy is cheap, but it’s also ineffective and off-putting to many.
The fact is the old, expanding universe we’ve discarded is vastly more interesting than the trivial, banal, and noisily intertwined little bubbles with which we’ve replaced it. It’s reality, after all.
Reality is hard. It’s a cold and uncaring Universe. Many instead opt for the familiar and unchallenging comfort of synthetic connections. The great illusion of social media is that these things we do online are real. They aren’t.
It’s all pixels. It’s all advertising. Advertising is about image making; and the image isn’t necessarily true. My Facebook friends don’t know me; they only see the illusion I create. They see my Brand. The brand isn’t me. I keep that for myself and those closest to me (in the physical world).
The world of social media is an illusion and a wast of time. As I get older I realize how little time I have left. Why waste it chasing an illusion?
I choose the real world.
Don’t worry, I am not deactivating my Facebook and Twitter accounts; but I am attempting to refocus my efforts on things that are more important. Art. Writing. Walks with my dogs. You will likely see less of me in social media circles. I will still be here at Almost Daily, blogging away for no one.