I find it amusing how social media provides us with a platform to showcase the things that interest us while at the same time it’s dumbing us down at every step of the way.
Let’s take a look at Instagram as an example. ‘Instagram is a photo and video-sharing social networking service owned by Facebook, Inc.’ Its entire premise is photos, videos and images of various things that beg you to look at it from your phone app, or other electronic device.
Using Instagram means that you end up spending a lot of your time looking at pictures or photos that mean nothing to you, or to anyone else for that matter, that somehow it is meant to magically enhances your life in any shape or form. What nonsense! Nevertheless, we’re all doing it, like mindless robots on ‘press, repeat, repeat.’
I don’t think that in the history of humanity has mankind ever spent so much time looking at someone else’s photos. Do you? Like, really? What is the benefit of spending so much time in this activity? What do we gain from it? What do others that post photos and videos gain from it?
I understand that there are influencers on Instagram, which get paid to portray themselves as something they believe others want. People that are making an income from ‘influencing’ other people to look at their photos, of their poses etc., in various clothes, shoes, makeup, hairdos, sceneries, and all sorts of parties and more. What is the addiction that keeps people coming back to look at, yet again, another set of photos and pictures, or maybe videos?
This activity is so mundane that it begs comprehension. It is so dumbing, that it begs us to switch off from social media and try something else that is tangibly very real; like real life maybe, instead of living in an alternate universe in your phones, or your laptops, or your iPads, or whatever it is that you use to look at photos or pictures in.
Now this accounts for a lot of social media apps now available to anyone that is interested.
I remember when looking at photos was a thing we gathered round for as we peered into the photo albumns of others. Now, we have apps that keep us looking at them ‘alone.’
Anyway, right now, I’m struggling to keep my eyes open.