The Face Value ” Why being connected driven us further apart”

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  Being free from the bounds of regular society. Getting “off the grid” for a weekend trip to beach where we can get off our phones for a few hours to have some semblance  of being “Disconnected” from the devices.   So many people crave for freedom but you ever noticed how quickly they switch back to their programmed selves as soon as they return to reality. Some can’t even wait to leave the island  to log on their Facebook accounts to check their news feeds, thinking they would miss important post of someone.     When I was a kid we used to eat together with my family. We would sit and talk and enjoy each other company. Even it wasn’t all that interesting, it was still the only time of the day we got to discuss whatever going in our lives.   When  smart phones started to be come popular. It was rude to use devices as the table. I notice some Families eating in restaurants but completely ignoring each other because they are really focused on their devices, sometimes even a pair of headphones on.       Due to the pressure of of social media  society. It was really been big impact how Facebook entered  our lives. I am thinking to delete my Facebook app and I’ll just use my messenger app only. Some says that I can always go back and installed it again. Your account doesn’t delete anyway. They also say that Facebook such integral part of our lives that it would be unthinkable to let it go. It’s honestly refreshing not knowing what’s going on in people’s Facebook lives. The lives we think are worthy of being posted online or at least what we’re comfortable showing are so called ‘Friends“. Not a lot of people notice how Facebook has encouraged a digital sense of narcissism. You can be pseudo celebrity with up to 5000 people you can call your friends. Those people who will like and share the things you have thought about or come across on a given day. Facebook triggers our natural social instinct for validation and instant gratification on a digital platform. The Internet satisfies  as whole desires almost instantly.  We have also become addicted with our online world that we start to neglect people who are really around us (family,friends,partners). in fact, we have become so involved with the internet that we’ve forgotten to socialize into our society. Those who were introduce  to the internet  at an older aged and have seen it progress have a slightly better understanding of hat Internet  actually is. The younger generation, however, have lost this awareness. They were born on the age of Internet. And while younger generation have learned to navigate cyberspace and technology better than their parents, the skill that aren’t able to develop is how to live  and function in the real world.   Younger generations that has constant use  of the internet they have forgotten how to talk to people regularly. They don’t even know hoe to interact with one another without technology being bridge  for social interactions.They are living virtually with each other and skewing  their perspective on things that are important and what relationship with other people. I strongly believed with that most kids are comfortable chatting on Facebook than they are  communicating with one another in  “face to face” encounters. Social media has become such a big deal in our lives. that it causes problem in relationship as well. The number of couples I have notice fighting because of something happened on their social media accounts is really ridiculous, considering Facebook is meant to be a tool for keeping people in touch. People even have to assign  themselves time away from their social network. because they are too busy spending time on it. In a social media world.Everyone has an opinion, everyone is “right” and people are jumping into bandwagon whenever they feel like it, even when they aren’t sure the validity of the issues. The line between opinion and hard facts has become blurry that people have convinced themselves their opinion are the truth. What happen then?People got confused.Internet moves so fast that were trying to catch up ourselves as well.    

” I’m not saying social media is bad thing. In fact,It’s great. All I,m saying saying is that we need to understand that it’s time  we took back control  of what happen to us and our society.We don’t NEED these things. We survived for a long time so very well without them.”

We can have the old cultural social habits if expect to progress in the “new age“. But we don’t have to change completely, we just need to learn to adapt. It’s  time to accept the challenge of the digital age and learn how to overcome them. We need to be strong in our values and true character by embracing the wisdom of old generation,while cultivating the creativity and intelligence of the new generation.    

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