‘It’s sad that sometimes we need others’ comments and love to believe we are good enough.
Sometimes it’s depressing when we look at our phones and find nothing.
It’s scary that a text, a comment or even a like would change our moods.’
This was the caption Road Trip, a Facebook page devoted to sharing artistic photos with inspirational and thought provoking quotes run by Shahd El Hadidiy posted. The page is very active and has been liked by over 1 million people. You have had to see at least 1 post shared on your News Feed by your friends every now and then as the content is quite spectacular, to be honest. I’m not big on social media, so I know I’m late stumbling into her account, but I’m glad I did.
One of her posts included a photo of a woman, standing on a balcony, looking below to a crowded street. What makes this photo a bit more intriguing, is the added emoticons from Instagram, signifying how a simple like, comment or even friend request can change people’s moods.
Waking up in the morning to find a new like on a photo you shared might make people get out of bed faster and feel more motivated for the day. Rather than the common conception that just the smell of coffee is what really makes people get out of bed.
It’s pretty ironic that an electronic code, rather than real human emotion, is what’s shaping people’s mood. That’s the thing with social media, but it’s been around long enough for people to finally realize its hidden yet quite visible cons.
Rather than staying up all night waiting for someone to reply to a comment, or read whatever you sent just two minutes ago seems pointless. You could be doing so many other things, productive things, rather than procrastinate everything in your life waiting for that ‘bing’ sound that signifies you’ve received a notification.