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Can Ditching Social Media Make You Happier?

in life •  14 days ago

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For more than a decade now, the world has enjoyed interconnectedness like never seen before. All thanks to the internet becoming more mainstream, faster, cheaper and accessible.

After the dawn of the internet, we had so many ways to stay in touch with each other and distance became just a meaningless word. We could chat with each other, send emails, call and even have video calls.

There was also the birth of another way that we simply couldn't have imagined before all this, and that was the world of social media. For the first time, our real world social connections, were all taken online to reap the benefits of the internet.

This also saw the creation of giant corporations like Facebook who have now more than 2 billion monthly active users and own other popular social media apps like Instagram, Whatsapp and Messenger.

The Social Media Generation

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I still remember the time where there was no social media at all and now, you can find almost everyone on one social media site or the other. We truly have become the social media generation.

While this has allowed us to get and remain in touch with friends, colleagues or other people in a plethora of ways and has allowed many many benefits for even businesses, the adverse effects cannot be ignored.

Everything that can go wrong has gone wrong thanks to social media, in the micro as well as macro aspects of living. Recently, there was a huge controversy surrounding Facebook and how the users' data can be used in many different nefarious ways.

Social media in some ways also have psychological impacts on people in various ways. One such thing I read about recently was that people using social media could be less happy than people who don't use them at all.

Happier Without Social Media?

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One of the natural tendencies of us humans is to compare every single aspect of our lives with the people around us so as to get an understanding of whether we are better off than them or not. This can include literally anything.

On social media sites, it is a well known fact, that we usually pick and choose and post about only the happiest parts of our lives. For example when we travel to an awesome place, or having a great time with friends, or photos where we look exceptionally beautiful/handsome.

So, naturally, other people who are viewing those "perfect" moments of your life, get affected at least to a little degree as they start thinking that other people have a happier life than them, not realising that those people are in the same boat as them with the same types of problems and challenges in life.

This could lead to many people becoming upset, disappointed or even losing confidence in themselves. All because of the collective fake portrayal of an exagerrated lifestyle of people. So, if you stop using social media, or minimise your usage, you stop comparing and thus might live happier!

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Thanks for this :)

About 10 percent is what Elon musk said

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Yeah, I saw that podcast too ;)

I believe it can go both ways, making some people happy and others unhappy. It is nice to see good things of good friends on the other side of the world and to communicate with them, in the old days one would hardly have contact, now you can speak face to face or almost instantly.
The part is as you have mentioned, you only see the perfect part posted, then your own life might seem boring!!

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Yeah, I think everything with tech is a double edged sword and social media sure can make someone happy too. Like when you see your family back at home all happy and cheerful or watching a video of some old friends having fun.

But I think in general, the bad consequences that social media have of making people unhappy in some cases and spreading this culture of being fake online cannot be ignored as well.

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Agreed.

I am sure it should. A lot less pressure and more incentive to live in the moment.

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That's for sure :)

Once more an interesting personal statement😊

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Thank you!

The more internet based life we have, the more we believe we're interfacing, yet we are truly detaching from each other.

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That's exactly the point :)

Well, finally that really reasonable idea @cleverbot

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I think you are a tool that prevents people from being bored, so when they need to talk to someone, they have something to talk to.

Too much use of social media can make you self pitty. In fact social media instead of connecting it is disconnecting people.
I clearly remember those days of 90s when people meet each other on the festival or birthday occasion by visiting the person home, now it is just a wishing over WhatsApp.

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Yeah, that's right. There is more of a disconnect these days.

I believe every one is so addicted so it that no would prefer to ditch.