I remember when I’ve decided to join the internet connection many years ago, social media was not even named as such. I used the world wide web then to research and gain knowledge on things I was interested in. Slowly, platforms like chatting and communication websites started popping up; but it was nothing big. Everything was through the internet. I found it at that time to be where you can relax after long days of work. No smartphones then, so time was more spent socializing in real life.
I’ve learned so much about the world through the net. The internet has been a huge library with all kinds of information available to everyone, if they are eager to learn outside the box. I’ve learned to create my personal websites and that kept me busy and my way of relaxing my mind from the hassle of day to day struggles and trials brought by real life.
I’ve socialized with people in chatrooms and chat websites, but in the long run I’ve lost connections as many closed down and were not able to maintain the financial costs of daily operations. Though I’ve met interesting people through these formats, we did not really know each other’s personal daily life. No one was sharing pictures daily, so it was more private and there was an aura of mystery, even with the celebrities who we may have encountered, but very rare. Looking back, I like that idea. After a while, too much information can create too much noise in our heads.
Landlines actually had positive advantages because you can actually converse with people, relatives and friends in catching up with their life happenings. You can actually hear their voices and connect with them much better. I so miss that! Now, everyone owns a phone and it’s with them 24/7, but most do not take the time to use it as it’s supposed to be intended. We are actually using our phones now for different things than calling. Mostly used for social media connections. Rarely I get a phone chats on my cell phone. Most avoids the person to person chats.
What is so funny is people I know personally will tell me on Facebook they miss me. How can you miss someone you don’t take time to call? If you get lucky and they call you, you can sense, they are antsy to get off the phone. It’s so obvious!
Everything now is rush. I’d be lucky if I can talk to someone I know personally and converse for 15 minutes. Everyone seems to be in a rush. Some people lost their communication skills, even when you socialize with them in person.
“Communications skills refers to the: ability to exchange information in a productive and constructive manner, capability to convey information that is helpful to the receiver, talent to express ideas effectively, expertise in delivering facts, statistics, knowledge, guidance, advice in a useful manner, mastery over the art of communication, competence to hold discussions and creating a win-win situation, impressive way of delivering a speech or presenting something with finesse.
Communication skills are vital to many aspects of our life, and so it is crucial to have good communication. When we have good communication skills, the people we are trying to communicate with will be able to understand exactly what we are trying to say, and at the same time, we will understand exactly what they are trying to say.”
Everyone’s smartphones are on each other’s way of a good conversation. Constantly seeing what your friends and relatives do through social media cause to lose your interest about their personal life. We are so inundated now with all kinds of pictures, videos of people of different walks of life and their daily activities, that most of us feel burnt out and just about have enough. Funny thing, is what you see they share is a replica of what they feel inside. Pictures tell so much, if you happened to be endowed with discernment.
What’s good about social media? At least you get connected long term with your friends and relatives, though you don’t really communicate. You get updated with their life on the surface through their pictures and postings.
Does social media connection affect your mental health? I believe in some aspects, it does. People have the tendency to brag. It’s human nature. Depression is very common with humans. Discontentment plays huge in our emotions and it affects our brain. The Holy Bible says that humans are all broken. They all fall short of the glory of God.
“Glory as an Attribute. The most common use of the word “glory” in the Bible is to describe the splendor, holiness and majesty of God. Glory, in this sense, is often associated with a person experiencing God’s presence in a tangible way.”