By Abdulwahab Alshehri
Special to the LOGOS
Social media is all about appearance these days.
People are more concentrated on making others believe they are having the time of their lives — greater than they are actually having. It is important that the whole world knows and sees their “coolness.” Everything else is compromised.
It is a modern world where the pictures we take at a late-night party are more relevant than the night on its own. The pictures we take with family, close friends or someone we love are more important than people themselves. Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and their likes are gaining more and more popularity and if anything fails to land on these platforms, it is assumed to have not happened at all.
Nowadays people go further than this. Some of them even overspend their budgets because of their itch to post an expensive dress or a luxurious car on social media. It’s better they struggle to make ends meet but fake it all on Twitter or elsewhere.
Social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook have produced a generation, which is obsessed with itself, having childlike desires and short attention spans for continual feedback about their lives. Social media platforms are controlling peoples’ lives in ways they may not realize.
The impact of this type of obsession can control the level of happiness of people. A recent study revealed that obsession with social media platforms to make life look better is correlated with increased levels of unhappiness. The bulk of social media addicts feel posting seemingly perfect images of themselves and their lives has prevented them from appreciating and enjoying life’s experiences.
When people start to get more attention on trying to make their lives seem perfect, they will start to become less sociable in reality. It is sad that people care about online perceptions rather than communicating with people who live around them at the same house or school.
People’s obsession with making their lives look perfect on social media platforms is insidiously crippling their potential to better themselves and their environment. This raises the conflict between the premeditated fixed perceptions of what others are made to believe, and the actual characteristics of their personalities.
In the online world, people are formulating their posts and tweets, spending unreasonable amounts of time modifying their photos and Pinterest boards to project an idyllic persona of themselves. In the end, dealing with the new social applications should be under your control, not the opposite.
E-mail Alshehri at firstname.lastname@example.org