How We Became Enslaved By The Social Media Overlords
In our fast growing world of technology where laptops and desktops have changed from super thick to super thin and phones have changed from boxes to sheets in the last 30 years, another important thing has changed that we do everyday - socialising. This has changed at a rate that is literally out of this world, since how else would we call, text and communicate without satellites? However, today we are not talking about the satellites themselves. We are talking about social media.
Well, what exactly is social media? Social media refers to websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking. In basic terms, it is the way in which we contact and share things with people via many electronic platforms - Whatsapp, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, Quora to name but a few! But back to the main question - how did we become so enslaved by our social media overlords who through the creation of such a vast array of online platforms have ensnared us? Well, for starters, social media has surrounded us and given us no escape route. Take Whatsapp for example, replacing most of our ordinary phone calls since it is available to us as a free service. Next, Instagram, Snapchat etc. have become extremely popular due to the fact that many people wish to share photos or even knowledge quickly. Essentially, humans are seeking ways to save money and time, and social media is enabling them to do both at the same time.
As a result of this, social media giants have capitalised on the fact that society has now evolved from simple cavemen to addicts of the screen. That’s right. Forget sugar and fizzy drinks. We are now addicted to looking at a screen full of pictures and words. Recent studies show that the average person spends nearly 2 hours a day using social media, which amounts to 5 years and 4 months of their lifetime. This is the same amount of time it would take a person to run more than 10,000 marathons or even to travel to the moon and back on 32 separate occasions. For teens, time spent on social media could rack up to asa much as 9 hours every day! That amounts to a staggering 27 years of the lifespan of an average person.
The evidence is clear, we are enslaved to social media and spend astronomical amounts of time glued to it. My worry is that if we don’t find a way of freeing ourselves from it, the world will continue to slide into ruin. If we can’t find the time to look up from our screens how can we begin to start solving the many problems that we face as a species?