Who Put That There?

Something I've thought about a lot recently is the amount of time that's spent on social media every day.

My average screen time this week was 5 hours and 20 minutes.

While not all of it was spent on social media, over 5 hours on my phone seems wildly unnecessary and it's made me think about the impact that our phones have on our lives.

It's led me to believe that chances are, a lot of our day to day thoughts aren't even ours.

For every account we follow, we're letting those posts and thoughts into our mind.

We're affected by the content we consume - the things we read, watch, or listen to.

This may be a good or bad thing depending on who you follow, but as a whole, it feels slightly concerning.

Where would I be if I'd never created social media accounts?

Would we have the same viewpoints on topics if we hadn't read other people's thoughts on them?

What’s the future of social media look like?

Is it possible to remove the divisive groupthink that some platforms fuel?

I don't know the answer to any of these but I do know that phones and the abundance of information we consume on or off social media has an influence on our thoughts and potentially our values.

I wonder what the history books are going to say and the future impact this social media era will have.


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