We live under the false narrative that Social Media is a human need. Social Media is not something we need to survive. I hear many people get upset about freedom of speech being infringed upon, but we can still speak. Don’t get me wrong, I do think we’re heading in a dangerous direction.
But I think it’s going to be more important than ever that we learn to be a discerning people. WITH the way things are heading, we’re going to have to learn how to discern the more important from less and then learn where it is most important to plant our feet. It is dangerous that people are not allowed to speak freely on social media if it doesn’t fit the popular narrative. Social Media is also a beast that we give power to when we act as though it is the only way to give and receive news.
I suggest discernment on knowing what we go to social media for going forward. I think it’s becoming more and more evident, regardless of your political leanings, that news is not unbiased anymore. News caters to ratings. How many times have you clicked on a clickbait article title only to find the actual article was pretty uninformative itself? We also have come to realize that people have a hard time separating their personal feelings when reporting news.
It’s time to start discerning where we get our news from, what we label as “reliable”. It’s also not something to lose sleep over, because life would continue without Social Media. Social media can be a great tool to keep up with family and friends in our busy society. Memes provide me much entertainment. People received news before Social Media. Search for truth. It will still prevail.