Hey!, if you are here from Facebook, then you must think this is hypocrisy to its maximum.
But given the reach of this social media behemoth, there is a high probability of you being here from said source.
Hence, I will ask you to pause for a minute and contemplate, How much time are you spending on Facebook? or any other social platforms that the only way left for me to reach you is via it.
Now coming back to the moot point, how can this benign platform rob you of something precious like imagination, which make us quintessentially human.
Step 1: – It Satiates You with Junk Information
My question to you is, will you EVER make that 5 Minute Mug Cake? or That Cradle or Stuff in a Zillion years ever. So why watch it and give it your valuable attention span satiating your mind from its pangs of intellectual hunger.
It is this academic hunger that has helped us move from a cave with a spear to a hyper format grocery store with a cart, though, personally, the first situation is way more healthy in a certain context but it’s a separate topic of discussion.
Step 2: – It is Addictive
Ever heard of hormesis? As per Wikipedia, it is “a favorable biological response to low exposures to toxins and other stressors”, means your body Grows and evolves under controlled exposure to stress. Same Happens with your mind.
When your mind faces and emotional or intellectual stress, it can do two things.
It can solve it, AKA the right way of doing things or it can go for the easy route, ask for that addition; AKA “Let me check my feed, what is new out there?”
Step 3: – It is Information Not Knowledge
All knowledge is information but Not All information is Knowledge. The information you are getting from the feed is rarely aiding you to solve any of your life problems. It rarely leads to any spark of new ideas, AKA growth in your mind.
This stream of sterile, cardboard like information, which does not lead to any germination, is having same effect to your mind as any fluffed up false food would do to your body.
Step 4: – It makes us Docile and Diplomatically Correct
Being over exposed to Facebook and the reaction of our circle on different posts makes us subconsciously afraid of being judged. Facebook and to a certain extent, all social medium is absolutist.
But Facebook is extreme as you are bombarded by “likes, love, angry” reactions to a set of ideas; you adhere to an invisible set norm of thinking.
You are afraid of making and expressing your own observations, draw your own inference lest they go slightly against the grain set by your circle’s absolutist idea of righteousness.
They made Facebook to connect us all together, and it is an excellent tool, but it is just a tool. it is not a knowledge hub, neither it is a set standard that you need to conform to.
We evolved because we as a species did not conform to the standard to climb up trees and tearing bananas with feet. We questioned and thought about it.
What do YOU think about Facebook or the whole social phenomena. Please commitment and share about it.
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