- Jan 2015
Social Media Has Become Toxic and Lost All Sense and Purpose
I'm deleting all of my social media this year, and I agree with a lot of these sentiments. Thoughts?WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are no longer conduits of meaningful social interaction but toxic havens of misinformation, clickbait, propaganda, and brand marketing.
Social media started off as a hassle-free tool for people across the globe to connect with each other, share ideas and interact in an affable manner. Long gone are the days when people used to put just vacation albums on their Facebook profiles, have group conversations on Yahoo Messenger, write on their friends walls and have interactions with people they actually knew and cared about.
When was the last time you opened your notifications on any social media platform and saw meaningful posts from people you actually have any semblance of interaction with. Social media is nowadays riddled with posts from publishers, brands and these so called 'influencers' who live in the grey areas when it comes to ethics.
From tools of social interaction, these platforms have become a marketplace in disguise where brands strut their stuff via influencers and sponsored posts. They have become news portals with publishers trying to outdo each other in coming up with the wackiest - and in effect the most sensational - headline in order to entice users to click.
Social media platforms have also become extremely complicated. They now give you the ability to make calls, send photos, set up photos and videos as statuses - labelled as 'stories' - and much more. This all-encompassing nature makes them addictive and hard to live without.
Akin to an addictive drug, social media can easily ensnare you in its wraps. It will either make you feel very good about yourself or aggravate every insecurity and misgiving you have ever felt. Social media anxiety is a very real disorder in today's times with people more invested in the virtual world than reality.
With misinformation, propaganda, and fake news perpetuating left right and centre, social media is fast becoming a vile and toxic place where social interactions are being buried under a mountain of brain-numbing nonsense. Apart from the social network's own policies, there are no regulations or any system of checks and balances in place to control spread of malicious information.