Yeah, it’s becoming tougher when there’s so much screaming for our attention. The latest political scandal, the shiny new trending toy or smart device, the fear of missing out, and the need to belong are the digital crack to feed our empty souls.
I’ve been struggling with the reflective thinking part to be able to reclaim a bit of my personality. It’s just so easy to be swayed into thinking one way or another when you hear about those social and political move,Mets. The sad part is that there are people, groups, or corporations that use technology to manipulate our views and divide us all. Argh, shaking my head when Facebook and social media was used so effectively in 2016 to twist our views in the US election as well as elections around the world. I’ve felt like a marionette being strung along by the puppet master.
I’ve slowly walked away from my facebook and twitter accounts. I’m rarely posting and mostly lurking nowadays. But even my lurking has been reduced to a trickle. My friends are asking me “what happened to you? I don’t see you posting on facebook/twitter.”
I’ve been walking away from all the over-sharing and media saturation. I have enough stimulation in my life to keep me occupied. I guess Facebook/Twitter/social media refers to me as the undesirable user base. Then they’ll try to entice me with some new technology to try to bring me back. The latest thing I’ve heard was that twitter will be doubling their 140 character tweet limit. Dunno if I wanna see super-sized tweets now.
With the amount of media over-saturation, it seems that our attention span dwindles too. One of my daughters’ friend claims to watch only YouTube videos and says that a one hour long weekly tv show is just too long. Argh, what have we become?
Now, how’s that for thoughts? Anyone else have any other observations?