Personal Growth/MindSet

The Social Dilemma- We all have become Zombies…

I know… I know…

I am a WEEK late.

But you see, I am multi tasking so many things and since past one month I have been like working round the clock, suddenly I feel exhausted. I haven’t been to the gym for a week giving an excuse I have pending work to do, and honestly, I didn’t even do half of it. -_-

I feel that I have been going too hard on my self, (do I have a choice? duh!).

I am facing social dilemma since past few days. I am tired of checking the likes, comments, how much my blog is doing well, what more can I do to reach more audience. It’s EXHAUSTING.

Pic Credit- Netflix.

Have you watched ‘The Social Dilemma’ on Netflix? Watch it… It’s so scary and to the point.

Read this as I found this truly amazing view and an in-depth about the documentary

As much as Social media and all the new technologies have been quite really useful and given us an advantage to cut of the geographical gap, and have brought people closer to each other. And a lot more to add on…

Perhaps, it’s also made us zombies. 90’s kids would surely remember during school days we often wrote essays on how computers/technology will rule humans one day.

The day, the time is here… Technology, especially social media is ruling us and we all are already aware, but we are doing nothing about it.

Indian news channels are more involved with drug usage by Bollywood stars and how they are ruining some lives.

But what about us? We all are being drugged by social media and we are complete in control and highly addicted to it.

We have no choice. Be it influencers, freelancers, every kind of business needs social media now. Because social media is the real boss.

Even if we wish to avoid social media, we can’t. Because the growth of business relies on social media these days. The algorithm of different social media platforms, the keyword research, SEO, engagement, everything has to be taken care off, if one wishes to grow their business and reach more customers…

I myself am finding social media a bit too exhausting even though I have just started to grow my Instagram and blog engagement only since a month and I am already tired.

Like seriously, every day wake up, post a picture with as many related keywords and hashtags. Make sure to use the one’s that are actually being used the most only to impress Instagram algorithm. Research and make sure your blog posts have the SEO keywords, write accordingly to impress Google’s algorithm, share your pictures and blog posts on different social media platform. Try to master every social media platform to reach more audience.

Picture credit – Unsplash by @georgiadelotz

Google and every other social media platform just wants us to be hooked to our mobile phones and laptops, and stick to it all the time, all day, everyday…Sometimes it’s so frustrating…But do we have a choice?

We are being used in every possible way. If you watch the documentary, you will also realize, we are being watched and calculated all the time. That’s how we are being used to stay on social sites and that’s how you end up being on Instagram, Facebook for hours and hours and you don’t even realize.

The Netflix documentary gives us a scary insight about how social media companies are using us as their slaves and even though they are highly important in today’s times they are also highly addictive and harmful in many ways…

From what are you eating, to where you are, what are you doing everything is on social media. Some one in your family dies, rather than talking to your family, rather talking to a close friend, we put our thoughts on social media first.

In fact, here I am doing the same. It is also because I hardly have people with whom I can share these thoughts, I hardly have friends with whom I have common things I could share. And also because this is my place to rant and maybe some one out there would get aware of the fact that social media is useful but also toxic.

If you post your picture on social media and if you don’t get more likes, you start to feel as if you are not beautiful? Your confidence starts to shake, if you are a writer and if you don’t get enough likes and comments you feel you are not a good writer?

Picture credit- Unsplash by @notso

If you are an artist and even though your art is amazing, perhaps you are not able to gain more audience engagement your confidence starts to get messed up…

Everything from our beauty, to our body, to our talent and art, everything is measured as worthy or not only and only by social media…

Why do you think our mental health is so messed up? Why every other person is depressed? Why suicides have become so normal. Not that these did not exist before social media existed, but then we had real people around us to talk to, the warmth of a human touch, human presence cannot be replaced by social media or technology…

I am ranting here but tomorrow when this blog post goes live, I will have to go back to the zombie cycle and share, post, try to gain more audience attention…

I wish social media was also like a shop, open and available till this and this time and then shut… We could get back to our normal lives… Perhaps, it’s not possible anymore…

illustrated by me obviously :p

What we can do?

Try to limit your usage, put a timer and use social media only for that much of time.

Do not to get affected by the likes and comments. You and your work is worth more than those likes and comments

There are aaps available to pre-plan your postings and with just one click you share your post on every social media platform in one go… I myself am experimenting with some, will try have an in depth post about my experience.

Read books and honestly this is the best and most amazing thing to do than stick to your phone and gain nothing just waste your time. By reading your perspectives change, you become more open mind and you tend to become more accepting…

Involve yourself in some sort of art, be it cooking, or any kind of art. Take a day off from your cell phone and get involved in your hobbies.

Try to catch up with your friends, call them rather texting, do a video call as it’s still not much possible to have meet overs.

Exercise or do yoga.

Try to keep your phone away an hour before you sleep and when you wake up, try to have a look at your phone after an hour or so… (Look who is giving this advice. LOL! :D) Honestly, we need to do this.

Therefore, as all this has taken a toll on me, I have decided to take a break on every Sunday from doing any kind of work and maybe just read and laze around, stay a bit more organized… (Honestly, I still am a mess…So is this world), so I can get recharged for the zombiness to follow ( I don’t think it’s a word but you got me. Right?)

Irony is I am editing this blog post on a Sunday and doing some illustration work for the upcoming week to post… (I told you I am mess!)

So this is it for today…

By the way, how have you been?

Stay safe and Stay Strong… 🙂

Also, let me know your views in the comment section below about social media being toxic and if you have watched the Netflix documentary on the same…

My Name is Nazish and I am from Mumbai, India. I was born and I grew up in Mumbai. I am a writer and have been blogging since 2013. I am here to put my feelings, share stories and try my words to rhyme in the form of poems. I am a passionate writer who dreams of writing inspiring stories some day and becoming a storyteller. Till then I hope you enjoy my blog posts and get inspired by them… My ultimate goal is to keep myself sane through writing and by sharing my views and also to inspire at least one reader out there if not all. So I hope you enjoy my write-ups and get along with me on my writing journey. Happy Reading.

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