We're Losing Our Stories
Updates on social media are downgrading life experiences.
Imagine being in a cafe, soaking in the environment, the smell of the roasting beans, the pastries taunting you with their sugar-infused fruity smell, the eclectic art scattered around, products of a mind who sees the world through a different lens - then imagine you smiling at the person across the room who was also looking around until that awkward eye contact hit, and neither of you knew who should look away first.
Imagine how much your spouse would appreciate you noticing their tendency to drift towards a particular subject and you being able to hop in and let them know you see that something is on their mind and you’d like to talk to them about it.
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Imagine how great it would be for you to have a clear mind without the incessant “I should be doing something” thought running in the background.
You can probably envision these things but cannot remember the last time you experienced them, and this is because you’re never in the moment to experience these events. With social media integrated into our phones and our phones perfectly sized and weighted to fit into every moment of our lives, they’re never more than a grab away, and because of this, we’re connected to an electronic device more than we are connected to the world we’re literally living in, and a result of that
connection addiction is missed opportunities and experiences.
How many times have you said, “I missed it; I was looking at my phone”?
How many times have your friends said, “Did you see that person checking you out?” and you didn’t as you were lost scrolling a timeline that offered nothing to you outside of micro-chuckles to yourself?
How many times will you flick that fucking device before you realize hours have passed and you’ve done nothing but yell electronic words into an infinite electronic cavern?
Life is about more than Likes, Shares, and Validation from strangers - it’s about living.
Are you doing that?
Marketing and social acceptance are studied by brilliant minds, and they’ve learned over years of dedicated research exactly what they need to do to get you to believe, without question, what a “good life” is, and their aims are not aligned with your own.
These companies and organizations have executed their strategy with surgical precision, and the results have been nothing short of awe-inspiring; similar to how people question those who don’t drink more than they do those who do, people will question why you aren’t plugged into the system as if that attachment to a steady stream of information 24/7 365 is the point of our being born;
This is why I operate on a different plane of existence; I left this cycle of redundancy without progress, and while these people want you consuming, I want you living - you are the one who has to choose.
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