“The most important thing about a technology is how it changes people.” – Jaron Lanier
Last night, TJ and I watched a documentary on Netflix called The Social Dilemma. This documentary was about how much social media has influenced and changed our lives… not so much for the better, but for the worse. Social media has grown exponentially since about 2011, that’s about 10 years now with social media in our lives. The problem is, the addictive side is growing with these different social media platforms and we are left with a desire to look at our phones constantly. Unfortunately, this has caused more than just disruptions at the dinner table within our lives. Political parties have grown further apart due to biased propaganda and fake news spread on these social media platforms. Young girls are left with serious self-esteem issues looking at unrealistic body images of influencers on Instagram. The world is becoming more dependent on social media and it’s having a negative impact on people. It’s only the start as artificial intelligence grows smarter and gradually changes people’s opinions over time.
There is a lot of bad influences social media plagues on our lives, however, it’s not just individual influence, it’s the world too. People are slowly going to become more dependent on their phones, and get their opinions swayed and these opinions are so easily shared within these social media platforms. The more people that view these questionable opinions formulated from questionable material, the less free will we actually will have in our decisions going forward. The quote today was from Jaron Lanier who has featured in The Social Dilemma. He seems like a really cool, smart dude that just seems to have life figured out. Technology is slowly changing people and it’s scary because we don’t realize it’s happening. Like at all. The future, to me, looks grim if the world’s population continues to depend on social media. Needless to say, I’ll be taking a step back from social media and not only enjoy being in the moment more, but also be mindful of what’s really important to me and keeping these ideals within myself, unaltered. If you want to improve the quality of your life, maybe think about how you’re spending your time. Perhaps you’d want to use your time for the better, whether that be for yourself, or those around you. You can’t change something if you don’t have an idea of what needs the change. Let that simmer… enjoy your Friday my friends.
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Today’s item is a waste basket FULL of makeup products. I am a huge hoarder of makeup, I love makeup, it’s one of my hobbies actually. However, I should not be keeping makeup pallets and creams that I no longer use or are past the expiration date. I will probably be doing a post on this at a later date because I have too much to say about it haha. These products take up too much room and need to be rid of.