Don’t you feel like there isn’t real interaction between people anymore? The endless stream of information through our social media channels serve as a constant distraction. We deal with each other superficially and don’t truly get to know each other. By not allowing ourselves the room to let our mind wander, we lose our sense of imagination and even a sense of ourselves.
Our attention span is shrinking. We are drowning in so much entertainment and notifications that we are constantly scanning for the next thing. We don’t just watch television, we are also on our phone or tablets. We can’t stay in a conversation, we have to look at our feed. How fitting that it is called a “feed.” We are overwhelmed with information being fed to us.
Just like a child left with a tablet to keep them distracted, we are kept in a haze with entertainment.
We are trapped in an endless loop of wanting what is real but turning to what is artificial and lacking depth. Why do we do this to ourselves? Is it because it is easy? Recognize when you are allowing yourself to become numb to your surroundings and to those around you. Most importantly, recognize when you are neglecting yourself.
You must pay attention to your self in order to better care for yourself. I’m not saying that you can’t enjoy a reprieve from your thoughts via entertainment but there has to be a limit.
It is up to us to create the reality that we are craving and missing in our lives.
Take a moment to consider what you truly are seeking when you post or scroll through your feed. Are you looking for validation from your peers or strangers? Are you lonely? Just bored? Maybe if we start asking these questions we can be more mindful about our social media usage and more present in our interactions.