Here is a stunning article on the impact all our social media activity is having on our mental and physical health.
Six thoughts really stood out for me:
- Our social roots are becoming broader but shallower
- Our social media activity is entrapping us by making us needy for response to whatever we post
- Our self-presentation is wholly contrived
- We are becoming increasingly isolated, anti-social and lonely
- Social media mobile apps are pushing our use of mobile devices to unhealthy levels
- It is all entirely addictive
I agree with these points but want to counter-weight them with some benefits to the use of the platforms:
- We are exposed to a vast amount of good thinking (like The Atlantic article for example).
- If we are so disposed, we can meet many new people. Without social media I would likely never have met new friends like Russel Lolacher, Yukari Peerless, Simon Salt and Amy Severson, among others.
- We can build our reputations. Although with so much pushing of content, it’s debatable how many people are actually listening.
Of course heroin addicts will go on about how mind-blowing chasing the dragon is, whilst being wholly unable to admit to the degree of the habit or the damage done.
How’s your habit?