Let’s face it. We are living in a digital age, and they’re is absolutely no going back. One of the biggest influences on society these days in both a positive and negative way is social media. Social media was originally designed to allow people to share interesting facets of their lives with their friends, but it has become so much more. It’s how information gets passed around the globe now. In many cases, people first learn about current events through the Twitter or Facebook before hearing about it from conventional news sources.
We also have come to rely on our technological devices for nearly everything we do. People these days seem as if they can’t go anywhere or do anything without their smart phones, tablets, laptops, etc. They need to be in constant contact with others via electronic devices.
But, there is also a downside to being too connected to social media and devices that deliver them. We can become too dependent on them. or we can become immune to what we are doing to ourselves in our lives. All of this can have a negative effect on our lives and on society as a whole. Here are 10 brutally true illustrations that show our society has changed in a bad way. In each of these, I will point out how the illustration shows how we are being negatively impacted as a society.
1. Facebook is eating away at your time.
How much time do you spend each day on Facebook or other social media sites? Is it cutting into your productivity? Do you find yourself just wasting time away to the point that you don’t even know where it went? If the answers are yes, I bet you’re not alone.
2. We’ve become “Likeaholics.”
Speaking of Facebook….When you post something are you doing it just to see how many of your friends give it the proverbial thumbs up? This illustration shows that some people are treating “Likes” on Facebook as if it was a drug they needed to have injected into their bloodstream.
3. Our electronics have priority over our lives.
Given a choice between your phone’s battery dying or you dying, which would you choose? In this case, the man in this illustration chose the phone over his own life support systems. We need to choose more wisely as a society.
4. Our devices are ruining intimacy.
Have you and a loved one ever spent time together where each of you is on your smart phone texting, Tweeting, Facebooking or surfing other websites instead of communicating with each other? Is society getting to the point where we can’t even be intimate with each other without being on our phones at the same time?
5. Families aren’t spending quality time together.
Here’s a mother making holiday cookies with her family. Only what are the kids doing? They’re not making cookies with mom. Instead, every one of them has their face buried in their own electronic device. It used to be that parents used the television to baby-sit their kids. Now, it’s a tablet, phone, laptop or video game that does the job.
6. We’d rather record someone than help them.
There’s so much happening in this illustration. A black man is drowning and reaching out for help. One person has a gun pointed at him. Someone else has their iPhone pointed at him and is recording it. Neither one is interested in helping to save this man.
7. Society is sleeping, it’s sleeping its life away.
Time is money. When we get through wasting that time on social media, we’re sleeping it away and losing the most valuable currency we have – our time in this world.
8. Despite all the technology we have, we still want was someone else has.
There’s an old saying that goes, “The grass is always greener on the other side.” This illustration shows that despite all we have, even the wealthy still need love, family, etc. to be happy.
9. Sensationalism still sells.
With the information overload that exists today, the media still looks for sensationalism. Here’s a woman who feels she has something important to say, but the media only cares about her because she is naked. Would the news media have microphones in front of her if she wasn’t standing there topless?
10. In the end, with all of this, we are still killing the planet.
This last illustration argues that despite all of our technological gains, we are still polluting Earth to the point that we have a virtual gun pointed at Mother Nature. As we build bigger cities and pollute more, how much damage can we continue to do without it being fatal for all of us?
Featured photo credit: Michael Summers via flickr.com
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