by Edward Le Prieur
It is no longer any secret that the media that so many people are addicted to is inherently damaging to our minds. This is with specially marked reference to the recent “facebook experiment“. Possibly the most wealthy and well known social network is now known to have openly conducted psychological experiments on their user base! and what is done about it… The services that many of us are part of namely social networking, a device intended to connect people does much the opposite. No longer do we gather and simply have a conversation, people would prefer to sit at their computer or use a cell phone to communicate. Indeed many people prefer to converse this way so accustomed to it we have become. The idea of confronting someone face to face has become a fear to people causing unwarranted anxiety, and it’s slowly becoming an epidemic.
Yes, hard as it is to believe people are becoming afraid of being social in spite of having hundreds in some cases thousands of friends on social networking websites. Sharing their lives at a distance preferring to keep it that way. Excessive internet use results in the development of disorders that would otherwise never exist. These types of fears among people are sharply on the rise, and it’s the result of dramatically reduced social interaction in the lieu of other forms of communication. It should be of no surprise that people are becoming ill, shutting themselves inside and viewing the world through a screen. Everything that is read is accepted to be true, and in a way the internet and other sources become the new reality replacing the world that exists around them.
Yet it is nearly impossible to disconnect from these trappings; if one is to remove themselves completely from the world that everyone around them are nearly completely engrossed in. Then by that action you are to remove yourself from the lives of people around you. That is the reality that everyone is subscribed to, and if you remove yourself from their version of the truth you essentially cease to exist. You might notice that you don’t even hear from friends or family as much in this situation. I’ve lived in this scenario and when people find that you don’t have a facebook (or some other social network), their reaction typically is nothing short of astonishment, as if they’ve just discovered a person who thrives without oxygen.
“How on Earth could you live you possibly conduct your life without a constant bombardment of information! How terribly boring you must be, how do you stay in touch! or What do you have to hide? and also basal remarks about your social status perhaps socially challenged and maybe a bit of a hermit!”
Perhaps I am a bit of a hermit, but perhaps you would be more prompt to bend to social norms; not go outside of the realm of rule. We strive to as humans to be social, and it’s from this desire to fulfill connection that a third party has moved in. That third party has poisoned an essential human ambition to sate the appetite of greed. There is always a merchant eager to sell something nobody needs, and today more than ever our world is glutted with superfluous substance. Do not hesitate to challenge those who believe themselves to be indifferent to suggestion. They likely know themselves as the cut path before them which they abide ambivalently through life. Know what you choose, and know why you choose it, but most importantly know yourself!