By Syeda Maria Sarfaraz
I remember the days before social media when I would get 20 phone calls per day and 50 or 60 emails, and felt exhausted by the communication. Now we’ve traded the telephone for other connection points (I only get 2-3 calls per day).
We do it because we believe that more relationships provide more opportunity.
When people think of social media, it’s thought of as posting photos, telling people how we feel or catch up with friends. Sounds simple enough, right? Wrong.
The problem social media platforms have given us is we hide behind screens, allowing others to judge us for the lives we want them to think we have, the lives we portray online.
It’s easy enough to do. Why would you post a photo of yourself you think is unattractive?
Social media is a world. We live through our screens, and many of us feel the need to pretend to do and have whatever we want and wish for.
“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”
“Social media makes a big world smaller.”
“Linkedin is for people you know, Facebook is for people you used to know, Twitter is for people you want to know.”
The reality is, we don’t KNOW hardly anyone.
The world was easier when we didn’t have to prove anything to anyone. We certainly shouldn’t nowadays, anyway..
We want to prove something. We want to show our friends that even though our lives probably aren’t as interesting in real life, maybe we can create something cool online, instead.
Most of us don’t have perfect lives. So why say otherwise online? Maybe because that’s the fun of it too.