Social media was first created, seemingly, to provide an easy-to-use avenue for connecting with people through the internet.
When MySpace appeared, it broke ground on a new platform in the newest realm of human consciousness: the world wide web. We could each create our own identity to share with the world through the website. We could connect with people in far off places over common interests and goals.
Social media has grown and morphed in the years since MySpace. Now, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and a multitude of other online platforms call themselves networks. But they’re not just social networks. They’re information aggregators. They’re tools to influence and control public opinion. They’re delivery networks for belief system modification and what some of the more paranoid skeptics might call mind control devices.
There is plenty of room for discussion concerning the above-mentioned points. But what is not debatable is the reality that a lot of users have integrated their social media experience so deeply into their identity that their mental health is in danger.
Depression and anxiety are at alarmingly high levels among sampled populations in the first world. We have further disconnected ourselves from real-life interaction so that we can present only our good sides through the lens of strangers’ mobile devices. We do not share the raw truth of our existence with any close friends because very few people have close friends to share their true experience with.
We have reached a state of being where our self-esteem, our mental health, our motivation for getting out of bed, and our drive to move forward in the world all run on the empty fumes of Facebook likes and Instagram hearts.
We are powered by clicks.