There isn’t real interaction between people anymore. We deal with each other superficially, we don’t delve into truly knowing each other. We get so distracted by the endless stream of information through our social media channels that we don’t even come to know ourselves. By not allowing ourselves the room to let our mind wander, we lose our sense of imagination and free thought.
Just like a small child left with a tablet to keep them distracted from their surroundings and true happenings, 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? Because it is less taxing on the mind to look at a picture book versus picking up a novel? But in the true scheme of things, a novel allows your mind to soar, you aren’t limited to what you see but are unleashed by what you can imagine. You can live different lives through the characters, discover the depths of their thoughts and emotions.
I’m not saying that you can’t enjoy a reprieve from your thoughts via entertainment but there has to be a limit.
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 care for yourself.
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.
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.