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.