Despite its ability to connect people, social media can be a lonely place at times. On one level, we have the ability to talk to anyone, anywhere and anytime. It is just a matter of clicking a button. However, is it how we use it for?
What has gone wrong?
We are a world of voyeurs– better at watching than we are participating. Social media seemed to be a sphere of stranded profiles, living on deserted islands, participating in realities we can look at but never touch.
One day technology will evolve to bring us closer together but I am sure this type of technology already exists. We have Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat. All of these outlets are great ways to showcase the images of life we deem fit. If our virtual selves are too shallow, these outlets will just be reflections of images that present what we think the world should see of us as opposed to what we actually feel.
Our realities with social media
So many people are in pain, asking for help, and there is only so much we can do about it. People who take risks are the most endearing. They are not afraid to be themselves and willing to express their tribulations.
The reality of our modern world is that our virtual selves are more willing to open up than our carbon, organic versions. There is safety behind the screen and keyboard. We do not have to look at people and see people how they react to us or judge us. We can say whatever we want to say or feel and not have someone there to invalidate our words or actions.
What should be
My point is that social media are just platforms. It is our personalities, our strengths, our flaws, our hearts, and our minds that make it engaging. Life is more than capturing the images of what we think others should see. The true beauty lies in sharing our realities. That is the way to touch others’ hearts.