Are We In Control?

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1 year ago

August 28, 2022
Article No. 305

Let me start this article by sharing this video by @raizel of Hive. I saw this video in his article titled The Truth.

Greetings my dear readers and friends. I found the video a bit dark and creepy... but cool and thought-provoking. That as it may, I believe Raizel was trying to convey a message here. The video moved me to write this article with the question "Are We In Control?"

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The World Of Social Media

The Internet and Social Media have affected and are affecting most, if not all, of us. Even before the Internet, Cable TV operators started airing shows 24/7. That started a generation of people stuck in front of the "Boob Tube" (that's another term that refers to television).
Then, television companies started creating numerous channels. One for 24/7 news, another for TV sitcoms, and another for sports. Before e-Bay and Amazon were ever conceived, there were shopping channels on TV. They will showcase a certain product and convince their viewers to place their orders within the hours to avail of the huge discount. All the victims, I mean the viewers, need to do is to dial the number posted on the television screen. In some residences, the television set is not enough. Perhaps to avoid conflict, parents opted to provide each child with a TV in their rooms.

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I will skip through the effects of SMS and video games and jump directly to the Internet era. Specifically, the era of smartphones and "social media".

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The image may be computer generated, but I witnessed a real-life incident many years ago.

I heard a vehicle's horn blared loud and long. It was followed by an equally loud screeching of four tires trying to stop a speeding SUV. When I looked where the sound came from. A black SUV(a Pajero, if I remember it right) stopped in the middle of the highway. A man was standing in front of the vehicle, holding a cell phone in front of him. After pausing for a second or two, the man continued crossing the four-lane highway as if nothing happened. The vehicle did not move for another minute or two... or even longer.

Social Media Addiction

People today, especially the younger generations are hooked to their devices. Let's see if you are.

  1. Is the first thing you do after you wake up to check your Facebook or other social media?

  2. Do you take photos of your food before every meal?

  3. Do you take selfies in every place you go?

  4. Do you check your social media for new messages and interactions every 15 minutes?

  5. Is the last thing you do before you go to sleep to post on social media?

These are just some of the indicators experts ask to determine if a person is addicted to social media or not. These do not include the indicators for online or mobile game addiction. If you answer "yes" to at least three of the questions here then, most probably you are addicted to social media to some degree.

Here is another animated video.

What do you think?

Why is this happening? How Is This Happening?

The primary goal of these tech companies is to dominate the market. To do that they must get the attention of as many users as they can. Once they got a user's attention they make sure that keep that. How are they doing that?
A former Google employee explains that in this video.

Believe it or not, they are not just hacking computers these days, they are now hacking human brains.

In Closing

The media, not just social media but also TV and other forms of broadcast and printed media are competing to grab our attention. Once they got our attention, they will do anything to keep our attention. This means they intend to convince us to keep on using their products, both hardware and software more than necessary.

I admit, that it's difficult to stay away from gadgets. Currently, mobile devices have become integral parts of our daily lives. Like, how else can we earn from our content if we don't use a laptop or a mobile device?

What is important though is, that we must take control of our use of our devices. We should decide to use them only when necessary. As the multi-awarded actor, Denzel Washington said.

"Are you using the device? Or the device is using you?"

Thanks for reading.

Image Credits:

  1. By Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

  2. Image by Alexa from Pixabay

With modifications

Note: This article is co-published in Hive via "Are We In Control?" with some minor alterations.

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1 year ago


As for me, I am not addicted in social medias at malaking salamat dahil sa read at noise, productive ako everytime gumagamit ako ng phone daily. Nice article po!

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1 year ago

The videos have stated correctly what exactly show how does social media affect the live of every people in the world of all ages, it's not only true but its really happening nowadays, I worried about my kids too, hope they will learn to be wise with this matter.

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1 year ago

I'm using the device, and all the questions for addictions have my answer no, this addiction costs a lot of creativity as all the time people are engaged in either social media or on entertainment videos and so no time invested on thinking out of the box. This addiction is destroying youths and their potential.

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1 year ago

I love your article sir. It explained clearly. I'm super agree with this. In this new generation technologies are everywhere, like gadgets people should have a control with it because too much is not good already.

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1 year ago

Thank you sir for this blog. it actually gave me chills when I watched those clips from Youtube. I think that it is really possible that robots will be the new civilization in the near future and humans will get lessen.

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