Whether we want to believe it or not, media has a huge impact and influence on our views and our everyday lives. We spend more time with our smartphones than probably most people with their spouses, family or friends. The question is, is this still healthy?
The answer is, it depends.
All those applications and platforms that is part of our everyday live, doesn’t only make our lives easier, no – they also determine it.They suggest us the latest songs, guide us along the way (Google Maps), organises our medical appointments or even help us with our daily grocery shopping. Before, people used to go to their supermarket at least twice a week, where you could possibly meet your neighbour from next door. Now, we can manage our lives completely anonymously – without even having to walk out the door.
As convenient as it sounds, there is also the danger of falling into an anonymous and dependent way of living. The media show us a way to supposedly be part of society. Especially through social networks. Most of the time, the “social” in social networks could be removed. You discover apparent ideals, you present versions of yourself that may not be your true self, and in the process, you lose touch with real life.
We can’t simply stop the way we have been living for the past 15 years, where we got so used to the help of technology, but we can surely be more aware of how to safely use social networks . The most important thing in all of this is to find the right balance. No master has ever fallen from the sky, and it’s the same here. Use the media in such a way that they facilitate your life. Not determine it.Easier said than done – we know..
Consider the following tips to help you strike a healthier balance with social media and smartphones:
In the end, it’s all about balance and finding the right way on how to handle your media consume. We hope we could help you out a bit with the tips above.