Are We Rating Each Other On Social Media, Yet?

If you've started watching the new series of Black Mirror, you may be questioning life itself - just like me. Charlie Brooker is a genius with this anthology series and it really makes you stop and think about what's going on in the world around you.

Growing up in a digital world is something you take for granted and you don't realise that it's so consuming. Whether that's feeling the need to post a photo of your day or updating your Facebook friends with your next holiday destination, it's just part of our daily lives. 

We all do it but the question remains, is it a problem now or will it be a problem in the future?

The Black Mirror episode 'Nosedive' sparked this post, so I'll give you a quick low down of what it's all about. An app gives humans the chance to rate people up to five stars after a social encounter. And if that's not enough, they're given a contact lens which shows exactly what rank that person is at. A woman becomes obsessed with growing her rank, stopping at nothing to boost it for the acceptance she craves -  but trying too hard only makes her fail.

This is clearly a representation of what we are like today, glued to our phones, with many people fighting for numbers such as likes and followers. But what is the purpose of this? Sure it's all fine and dandy to have a large group of people who love reading your content, but are you making this content for you and because you enjoy it? Or are you posting this photo of a coffee because without this, it never happened? It's a frustrating fascination that the human race is becoming obsessed with. And what's really scary is the episode could easily become a reality in say, a decade.

Have you ever stepped back and thought how strange it is to see every single person on their phones and not talking to the humans around them. When in fact, they are probably interacting with another human or posting something to be 'liked' by yet another human, VIRTUALLY. It's bizarre really, but no one questions it. Or maybe they just don't like you, who knows.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy social media, in fact it's my job! Right now I love snapping autumnal shots and making my feed look pretty, tweeting about what song I'm digging right now, or even snapchatting a walk with my dog. But the one question you need to ask yourself is does this make you happy? If the answer is yes, keep it up, just do you and enjoy it. It's also no secret that social media can be a dark place at times. If you find yourself caught up in the numbers, comparing yourself to others or spending too much time online - it could be useful to take a step back and gain a new perspective. 

Let me know what your thoughts on the future of social media.

Hannah x

13 comments

  1. Absolutely agree with your words. I very often felt down because the likes weren't coming in or the followers weren't growing. This is so twisted. Social Media certainly makes us much more dependend on the rating of others, which is a shame.

    Love, Kerstin
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  2. Loved that episode (I binge watched the whole series... huge fan of all the Black Mirrors!) and I personally saw quite a lot of similarities to blogging! Kind of like SEO rankings but for humans.

    You can be super perfect in your (blog?) appearance and spend your time 'networking' with influencers to gain ranking, or you can say what you like (on your blog?), be your true self and make real connections! Lots to think about :)

    Anna
    http://thecornishlife.co.uk

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  3. I 100% agree with you! Even though I want to work in social media and digital marketing, I sometimes find the online world toxic in a way, especially when it comes to things like low self esteem. So it's always nice to take a step away from it all and enjoy the world around you without that need to go online xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. This is such an interesting post! And at the end of the day, if it's something that makes you happy? Then be on social media all you want. But if it's to please other people, then no way. Take a step back and just do social media on your own terms.

    Meg | Elmpetra

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  5. I love social media as I'm lucky enough not to be too caught up in the numbers or who likes my photo etc but I definitely feel if you think it's taking over and becoming consuming you need to take a step back. Great post lovely!

    Ella xx
    www.inellaselement.co.uk

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  6. This is a really interesting (and kind of scary) post! I haven't watched this series but sounds interesting - I totally agree with you that this is what the world has got to and that that could well be reality in the future.

    I love social media, love blogging, instagram etc but I like them now to be able to write freely and easily or be able to make nice pictures/take nice photos and keep all them all in like a mini portfolio that I can look back on easily and remember memories. I agree that it can very easily (very easily) become a game of numbers though, or a bid for 'inspo' or constantly comparing yourself (definitely went through a mini 'fitspiration' phase where a lot of the insta accounts I was following just made me feel inferior - but quickly learnt that that was no good and am weening off my addiction to the app!)

    JosieVictoriaa // Travel, Fashion & Lifestyle

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  7. I've literally just finished watching Nosedive, it was such a good episode - shows we really are addicted to our phones/social media lets be honest. I feel like in the future, online likes will mean more than real life 'likes' if you will sadly. I love social media but nothing beats getting to know someone in person really. Such a great post Han!

    Lucy | Forever September

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  8. As soon as I saw the title of this, I was like 'Black Mirror fan!' - I was obsessed with how realistic that episode seemed, and your take on it is so so engaging!

    francesca | <a href="http://francescasophia.co.uk>francescasophia.co.uk</a> xx

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  9. Although I love social media, I do think it can be a bit over consuming and people can quickly become obsessed with numbers and followers etc, sometimes a break is really needed.

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

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  10. This is SO interesting! I'm going to have to go and watch that episode this weekend, I think it's fascinating! Alice xx

    www.woodenwindowsills.co.uk

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  11. This is a super interesting post, Hannah! (And I definitely wanna check out Black Mirror now because I've heard so much about it).

    While I think social media can be super detrimental - as you said, it's like we're constantly rating each other and playing this game of popularity - I also think it's such a hugely beneficial thing to have in our lives. I once seen an two-piece illustration of these four people on a train, all glued to their phones, seemingly being completely anti-social. But the second illustration showed that one of them was messaging their long-distance partner, another was sending a message to say they were running a little late for a coffee date but they'd be there soon, and so on.

    I think as long as you try to maintain a balance, it's all good. It's definitely wise to take a step back from the online world every now and again.

    Katy / Katy Belle

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  12. I have never watched Black Mirror but it certainly sounds interesting. I watched a program called Utopia a while back which really made me question things - maybe in a different way but you know still questioning things!

    I love this post because it is so true about the state of things these days with regards to social media. The one thing that makes me happy is taking photos on a daily basis - it is a bonus that people like them on Insta, Facebook etc but the day that I don't want to do it I wont and I think like you said - if it makes you happy carry on by otherwise time to rethink right?!

    Great post x

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  13. I think this episode got all of us social media addicts thinking about it hard! I think I spend far too much time on social media, but I think in general I have quite a healthy relationship with it. The problem is, I do think that halts my growth sometimes, and I'm not sure the two can go hand in hand. Very interesting to think about! x

    Martha Jane | www.marthajaneedwards.com

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