We are living in a time that has never existed before in mankind. A time when we as mankind are more connected through advancements in technology than ever before.

For millennials, it is crazy to think about how we used to exist and communicated without social apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and alike. The term “global village” is more so literal than it is figurative.

If we are to go back a few years, our parents’ generation grew up in an era that was not used to technological advanced that directly affected our we interact. With the giant leaps that have been made in technology in the past decade have directly affected how we interact not only as individuals but as the global community. Social networking has grown to a scale where one can directly reach people in powerful positions, policymakers through a tweet or a Facebook post. For example, there are higher chances now thanks to twitter for me to directly address my opinion to my President and him seeing it or at the very least, his media team reacting to it.

The main aim of these advancements in social media applications is to make us more connected to the world through the comfort of our smartphones. Social media is popular because it allows us to stay connected with each other in fluid and multidimensional ways that were previously impossible. For example, the emergence of Snapchat completely changed the social networking arena as we are now able to watch people in real time and the magic of disappearing posts.

Thanks to this advancement, other social media giants, Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp also adopted the “stories” update on their platforms which, in my opinion, made it, even more, easier to stay connected with friends, family, and cultures by watching real-time stories on these apps.

Comparing how we would stay in touch with our friends and families before all these advancements, has the quick adoption of staying connected through watching stories or following tweets and facebook posts made us water down our interactions with friends and family? We may have 1000 contacts on our phone, maybe 30% are of friends and relatives but we barely use these contacts to stay on touch and settle on the updated stories, posts and tweets on their social media timelines as a way of staying in touch with them.

As much as the features on these social media apps have enhanced our connectedness to the world, one of the disadvantages is that it causes users to post regularly on highlights of their lives. there have been instances of users posting positive posts and stories, looking all put together creating a falsehood of stability and progression in life only to be battling depression and anxiety all by trying to keep up or feel connected.

There’s a huge percentage of people who are always posting online but feel very lonely because human interaction has been reduced to views and likes. It’s is about time we are looking in introspect, to see where we can individually improve. Checking up on friends and family regularly, sparing time to visit and interact with them face to face when we have a chance. Because when you are at your last breath, it is the memories made that you member, not how many followers, likes and views you have on your social media accounts.

I would like to hear your thoughts and views on this. Leave a comment and let’s have a conversation.

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