Some say humans are prisoners of time. Time is something we cannot control. But we can try to make the best use of time. It appears, however, that a lot of our time is being wasted in the prison of social media.
Getting up in the morning, many people feel compelled to check their social media accounts for updates, messages, and notifications right away. And sometimes, checking messages and notifications come before shower and breakfast.
While it may not be true for all, but throughout the course of a regular day, many people continue to check their social media accounts for notifications. A multitude of online platforms made matters even more complex, as beeps and vibrations may continue to alert individuals that new notifications are waiting. For those with lack of discipline, it is very easy to get stuck in the prison of social media.
I remember the days prior to the arrival of smartphones. Those days were good. However, I must admit that social media has made communications very convenient. It is easy to find old friends and colleagues, turn acquaintances into friends, share precious memories and news with one’s contacts in real time, and much more, because of social media.
However, we must do everything in moderation. Excess is never good. But social media seems to have injected a desire for excess in society. Many people spend hours on the internet, sharing moments of their lives and following what their friends and “influencers” do. The time people spend on social media takes time away from other productive activities in society.
I use social media every day. I use it to promote my blog, my podcast, as well as highlights from my travel and other activities. However, I make an earnest effort to not be imprisoned by social media, and to use it only as needed and during certain times of the day.
It is imperative that we apply self-discipline in the use of online platforms. Otherwise, we will be prisoners of social media as time will slip by.