Friday, 1 November 2019

Has the internet made us less connected?

Has the internet made us less connected

The internet can be a positive place as we're connected to each other more than ever, but in reality, has it made us less connected to one another? Join the discussion as I discuss the topic in more depth.

In the olden days, the internet limited what we knew, saw, or even heard about others. In order for us to find something out about someone, we had to communicate with people. The internet has made it easier for us to see what people are doing, to believe in rumours, and to be involved in other people’s lives. Even when we don’t know someone personally or don’t get along with them we're still very involved in their life. Social media has made it easier for us to get information about others. I know this post may seem a little negative about online and social media, but that’s not my intention. I believe when the internet is used correctly, it has many positives. For example, thanks to Wifi I’m able to connect with people who live in different countries, or I can live chat with them. But, have you ever scrolled through a social networking site [Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.] and seen a post but never engaged with it? Most of us just keep scrolling, reading, and never interacting. That’s what’s sad. We say ‘happy birthday’ to a friend on Facebook but when was the last time you had a proper conversation with them? 

We’re all connected online but when did you last have a conversation with someone who you don’t see on a daily basis? When was the last time you checked in on them? A person could be going through a rough patch, they could have just got married, or had a baby, or even bought a new house. Yes, many people will post their milestones online. Most of the time I see hundreds of likes, and barely even a few comments. Why is that? Why are we all too engaged in scrolling, liking, and moving onto the next thing? Why do we limit the interaction? 

We may not speak to someone, but we need to wish them ‘Happy Birthday’ on Facebook. We’re not interested in someone, but we need to see their every move on Instagram. We don’t care about their thoughts, but we need to see what they write on Facebook. We are all super involved in this cycle and sometimes we neglect our surroundings because we need to see the new filter on Snapchat, or we need to post the illusion that we are living a ‘great’ life which is ‘fun’ all of the time. When in reality, perfection is just a thought, and every single person has problems. Those social media influencers that pretend the world is perfect may have more problems than you know of. Just because everything online is filtered, we need to be more aware of reality. 

I know some people still don’t have social media. And, I wouldn’t have any social media if it wasn’t for my blog. But having an online presence is becoming a norm now. From applying to jobs, connecting with co-workers, or just socialising- it's all done online now. There's a lot of good in having the internet but has the internet made us less social? Do we interact less with one another because we have social media? I would love to know your thoughts.

Thanks for reading!
Until next time, take care, and keep smiling.
Ramshaa Rose

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