Social Networks

 

Hope it doesn’t scare you off my Readers! =) Enjoy my newest poem!! – Karina  

 

Blinded by this veil

Of the superficial dust

Always checking your mail

Not knowing whom to trust

 

We are taking this road

Through the networks of space

Waiting for the pictures to load

Whilst loosing our case

 

We count our friends

By the number of ‘likes’

We ‘follow’ the trends

And then the reality strikes!

 

We feel connected with those overseas

We feel left-behind if we are not part of this

We care too much, believing it’s real

And yet find ourselves asking: what is the deal?

 

Trapped in this network we have no clue

That someone is watching each step

No matter what you do

Someone is watching you!

 

Blinded by this veil

Of the superficial dust

Always checking your mail

Not knowing whom to trust

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Society

Good afternoon Dear Readers,

Today an interesting and a complex thought visited my mind. We are to believe that it is the society that shapes and forms our thinking but here is an interesting question: who shapes the society? Aren’t we all? Following this logic it seems to me that society shapes us and we in return shape the society. Confused? Let’s break it down and look at the issue from various angles.

It is really common in the day of digital era that people’s opinions, thoughts and judgements are formed by what they see on the Internet. For instance, when a user posts a photo on Instagram in a luxury hotel with friends, the other users are programmed to believe that for some unknown reason they should be doing the same thing. Let’s take another example, a user posts a status and a photo of his/her workplace and writes how happy and honoured he/she is to work for the company X. The other unemployed users feel pressured to find a job asap because they start to feel like they are lacking something in their life. This raises a question of social jealousy and social inequality in an unconventional way – this is new and people do not realise that being exposed to social networks can have a negative impact on their perception of life and the way it should be.

Furthermore, when a user is online it doesn’t matter which social class he or she is from. Theoretically, everyone on the net has the same access to the data and can use same options and same tools for communication. However, coming back to the example of the photos in luxury hotels, this just reinforces the fact that today social classes are more distinct than ever. This then further creates a social separation in real life. People begin to judge and develop prejudices towards those who have a certain branded handbag or stay in a certain type of hotels for their vacations. The problem is that no one really knows the truth: what lies behind those photos, statuses and smiles? Perhaps that user worked three jobs and then decided to reward themselves with a fancy vacation in Cannes or Maldives or perhaps this person has been born into a family that can afford branded clothes, but should these people be judged against?

The issue is not even in the fact that people judge, the issue is deeper. The problem is that with the help of digital tools people communicate their social status and point out once again that social inequality still exists and will exist! Nonetheless, just because a person lives what seems to be an “easy life” doesn’t mean that he or she are not facing other issues in life. The thing is that this World works on balance and if one person is a little less wealthier he is probably happier in a different way and the other person who is wealthier is most likely to be unhappy in another way. Balance.

Last summer I visited Italy for vacation and I realised something. Despite the economical and political instability people were so happy and I mean it – they were genuinely happy. These people were real! They actually had emotions! I doubt that they spent over 3 hours a day on social media because they were always outside and socially engaged with others. These people enjoyed their life – they enjoyed every sip of coffee they took and every bite of the delicious spaghetti! These people didn’t care for money or for what others think of them – they were happy being them and were not scared to show that! On my return to Switzerland I realised that there is a great difference between the two countries. In Switzerland people have higher standards of living and can have a beautiful life and yet about 75% of the population is still unhappy. The smiles are not genuine, people are tired more often and when you enter a bus, coffee shop or night club about 68% of these people are on their iPhones claiming they are still being socially engaged through social media.

It’s just a shame that the world has so much to offer and there is so much to explore and discover through communication, traveling and simply being thankful that we woke up today! Instead people waste time on social media, social appearances and judgements. People that stay in their comfort zone for various reasons (social standing being one of them) are missing out on meeting people from different cultural backgrounds and various life situations. I find it a little disappointing, my Dear Readers, that there are so many unknown opportunities missed because of the superficial social opinion that is surfacing today in more ways than needed!

I guess what I am trying to say is that ‘society’ is something that we shape with our actions. Social media helps us shape the ‘society’ and it is not necessarily a good and positive impact on our lives! Just think about it for a second. Life is too short to live by the rules of ‘society’, don’t you think?

– K

Socially connected or blinded by social illusion

Hello there,

Have you ever thought about how you can be socially connected and yet feel alone at the same time? Before you say it is impossible, just think about it. Through social media you connect to millions of people through messages and start to believe that you are really connected with these people. I am not talking about blogs, podcasts or tweets, where you outsource your information and stay general. I am talking personal close relationships. You blind yourself with a thought that your friends on social network are close to you even though if you look around you are sitting alone in your room or in a business center or in an internet cafe. At the end of the day, think about it how many people can you call at 02.00am in case of an emergency and they will show up at your door? 

The thing is the society is changing and so are the societal dynamics. Personally, I think that there are a lot of us out there, myself included, that are blinded by the idea of being socially connected and yet are more alone than ever. You know, they say that the strongest people are the most vulnerable ones? I think the same concept applies here the more social you think you are, the more alone you really are. This is subject to discussion of course and I am supposing that there will be people out there willing to challenge this view on current society.

Nonetheless, this is just something that has crossed my mind today and perhaps it is something that makes you think. Perhaps you have a different opinion to mine and perhaps I am wrong but hey, it is something I wanted to share with you all today!

Have a good day everyone, 

– K