There was a time when long distance relationships were considered a taboo. A battle that could never be won.
But these days, almost everything seems like a long distance relationship. And a relationship that we have chosen.
Our social life has been reduced to a virtual world. How many of us know our own neighbours? How many of us talk to our family more than being envisaged by social media.
Suddenly, this urge to know about the lives of random strangers on our social media accounts overpowers the need to develop existing relations.
We have completely lost the socialising basics. Earlier interactions were personal, physical, we took out time to smile, laugh, enjoy from the game of life. With progress, telephones became a rage but its utility was restricted to passing along messages.
Mobile phones disrupted the pattern over the previous decades. Cost for calling and the novelty of messaging brought about a dynamic shift in the importance of these machines. The industry fed us ways to alienate the world at the cost of free messaging apps and we gladly accepted them. Today our emotions are expressed via emojis. Our own reality is shunned using the social media as a distraction from our life. Emotions have reduced, we are slowly turning into the machine itself.
The next target was our social interactions. Now they are a means to upload stories, photos, videos to prove to the world that we are having fun. Its creeping slowly to take over our life and we let it.
In whatever age we are handicapped if our phone battery drains off or your network isn’t available. Even at Vacations where we specifically require peace and ecstasy, we are only physically available. Mentally we are still with our mobile phones. Perpetually searching or asking for a wifi password. If they don’t have enough network in the rooms, you won’t mind sitting in the lobby and scrolling through the social media.
Of course I’m not pointing out the fair bit of pros as well. Social Media is a great platform to let you keep in touch with your old friends and near & dear ones. Its a beautiful concept, to connect with the entire world from one place. But we sacrifice the people around us who love us, who have been here throughout. Which is not something anybody can agree to.
We need to try and find time and meet near and dear ones. Social media is a mirage which may one day end making you feel lonesome even with a 1000 followers/ friends.
Start Feeling.. Start Living.. Start Enjoying the Moments..
Guest writer – Talking taswir