For the last couple of years, I removed myself from social media. I solely blamed social media apps on the corruption of people. However, I was wrong.
Social media apps were designed to be tools used for communication, entertainment and business, not for destroying our self worth and well being. To use the tools of social media in a destructive way is like taking a hammer and hammering down our own hand, instead of hammering down the nails that are required to build something awesome.
To use the tools of social media in a constructive way is to first be aware of the chemistry that social media apps have with the human mind. After all, the blame of destruction shouldn’t be on social media or the human mind individually. It’s the chemistry they are prone to creating together if not combined properly.
The human mind is fine on its own without social media, but social media is dormant without the human mind. When these two are combined, the human mind gives life to social media. In return, social media enhances the human mind. However, since social media is not a thinking thing, as it’s programmed only, it’s not prone to losing its balance like the human mind.
If social media is used to justify our own self worth and well being by taking things personally in the wrong way, the chemistry with social media becomes destructive. We go from trying to connect with others faster to disconnecting and isolating ourselves. We go from sharing to competing. And worst of all, we go from compassion to hate, which has been demonstrated by what has been termed “keyboard warriors” in the comments section.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I know YouTube, Facebook and Twitter are notorious for having keyboard warriors in the comment section. But it’s up to you to decide whether or not you accept whatever comment has been thrown at you.
All social media should be used for is to build connections with people faster. It’s also there to share our life in the most artistic way. Who cares if filters and photoshop are involved. It’s all creative and appealing to look at, right? Not only that, it also helps others create new ideas.
Recently, I’ve hopped back on Instagram for 2020 and joined the Jeep Wrangler community. What I love about this community is that all Jeep Wrangler owners support each other. When you own a Jeep Wrangler, you realize that modifying your Jeep is a never ending hobby and you get excited when you see another Jeep Wrangler on the road to wave at. To me, this community has always been very much like our tribal ancestors by working with each other towards building awesome things.
I feel this is how all communities involved with social media should be and I’m sure there are a lot.
What do you think? Is there a social media community you are a part of that works together to build awesome things?