The Mask of Social Media
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle”- Ian Maclaren
With the rise of social media, we are connected to each other like we’ve never been before. One tweet could send information across the world in an instant. We can get our news in one second or by one click. I can know from Instagram what my friend is doing across the world. I can go on Instagram story or see a Facebook status and know what everyone is up to.
We are so connected it seems, yet it has become easier with Social Media to put on a mask. We put happy selfies on Instagram; we can make silly faces on SnapChat with its many filters; we can put beautiful pictures of what we have on Facebook. Yet, deep down for some of us are lives are falling apart. We are not OK but for some reason we try to put up a facade that everything is great, when everything is not.
One question that I debate in my head is whether you can truly know someone just from Social Media? I’m skeptical. I don’t think Social media should ever replace real life- face to face relationships. Because when tough times come and life gets rough that is when we need real life friends that we can personally be with-people we can touch and hear their actual voice. Many people take pride in how many followers they have on Twitter; on Instagram- how many friends they have on Facebook. But when it is all said and done it will be the few friends that you have that will matter the most.
Ask people how they are doing; make time to connect over coffee or a drink or over dinner. It may look like they are happy because social media says so but it may be further from the truth. Sometimes people are hard to deal with whether it’s our coworkers, friends or a family member- be kind! You don’t know what a person is going through. You don’t know what is going on in their lives. So be kind, always willing to listen. And you never know you may be able to help someone along the way.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.