We live in a world in which it has become important to identify friends in memes and laugh about the Donald Trumps and Kim Kardashians in the world, while we never question the consequences of letting this kind of people have so much influence on our lives.
Viral trends and memes, that are ‘so us’ have taken a place in all of our lives, it’s no more a pastime, it has become an everyday-thing. And while we’re laughing about vines (r.i.p) and the American presidential election, we’re losing track of what’s actually happening around us. We’re staring at our phones, blending out our surroundings and pretend we’re informed about the world, since we read another badly written , uninformed post on Facebook.
We lose so much time, looking through our timelines on social media and ignore the real world, we live in a digital world and come out only to eat (while publishing photos of what we’re eating of course) and for school, where we still use every free minute to check what’s happening online, meaning that the only time we’re ever not online is while we sleep.
We scroll through timelines and aren’t even interested in most of the posts we see. Why do we still insist on looking at our phones all the time? We’re addicted to being informed, which wouldn’t be a bad thing if that information were of any worth. But most of the time we’re shown altogether uninteresting and boring posts.
We walk through life looking down on our phones. We want to be kept entertained, thinking life around us is unable to do so. We’re losing the ability to live without our phones. When was the last time you didn’t use your phone for a whole day?
I don’t want to defend this lifestyle, yet it’s evident that the governments want us to do just that, because as long as we’re laughing at silly memes, we’re not questioning their politics. We believe we are informed when we’re numb to true information.
There’s a danger in the internet and social media. The notion that information is enough, that more and more information is enough, that you don’t have to think, you just have to get more information – gets very dangerous. – Edward de Bono