Eventually, we live in circumstances where we’ve to keep a note of tracking ourselves continually speaking on topics in order to stay relevant in today’s very cool social media wannabe generation. The urge is so at its peak that we don’t even vouch for the fact-checking organizations to do their work even before we go out to put out our stories on social media handles so that we can vouch for our relevancy onto our follower’s list.
We’ve all been there when we shared something which later is proven to be wrong; it’s like that out there, no doubt there are propaganda machines out there cooking their stories up to propagate hate as much as they can. In a hurry to deliver our take on every trending situation, we go up with anything salty we found throughout the internet, just because we can’t wait to keep our opinions to ourselves.
We’re becoming susceptible to these notions more and often, which is very alarming I must say, I see many of my acquaintances becoming radicalized just because they are so much on social media that they’ve lost touch from the ground realities. This especially goes out for the generation that is currently in their schooling years.
If we let our social media handles decide our opinions, then we’re no less than a dump yard on which everyone will have the audacity to empty their trashes and get benefitted by dividing ourselves onto the boxes of ‘left’ and ‘right’ only.
Every week, every day, there goes outrages on new and trending topics that get heated up with our breakfast tea and get ice-cold until we head to our dinners. Introspect within yourselves. Is there any benefit to that? The people who often found saying that ‘one person can’t bring up revolution’ or ‘it is not up to one single person to do any change’ are often the type of people you’ll find ranting/bootlicking about some politicians or political parties, and then they lecture about how the people are becoming so heartless and merciless, the answer is simple, it is because of people like them in the society.
One thing we need to be careful with is choosing our influences wisely, in the abundance of wannabes, it’s quite hard to follow a good set of individuals who’ll add some value to our lives and one should always go with their own intent while choosing them.
Enough with the intricacy narratives, so what can be done regarding this? Is there any sensible way to go about this matter? Well, not really, nothing much can be done until and unless we all should introspect ourselves and ask tenderly to ourselves that ‘do our actions have slightest of demeanour consequences onto someone else’s life?’ or ‘does the cause or the argument that I’m supporting is legit and factually correct?’
With the availability of unlimited internet and smartphones, our mind, which is evolved from the apes, is rendering back to its former versions, and we are barely thinking before putting something out. In the heat of the moment, we let our egos fuel our arrogance, and for the moment, our angst blinds our reasoning capabilities. The comment-sections are not meant for arguing and abusing just because you didn’t go with the vibe of the content; there are ways, you didn’t like the content, then simply don’t engage with it.
If you find the content disturbing or derogatory, report abuse it, there are options for doing that. You are worried about some cause, sign petitions, and donate to the cause and make sure your donation goes into the right place and bring about change. Outraging and devaluing someone else’s opinion and trying to impose them onto our people’s consciousnesses will neither bring about any change and nor do you any good apart from the slight ego boost that won’t do you any good.
We all have been there sharing wrong or misinformed content onto our media handles, but we only learn from mistakes, but it’s not a mistake if it’s done over and over and that too intentionally. There’s more to life than arguing and demoralizing someone over social media, and if you’re remarkably passionate, you should always know how to add something to the momentum of the movement on the ground as well. Use your gadgets wisely and carry the same energy on grounds you show on your favourite social media platforms.