8 Illustrations Showing How Modern Life Is Killing Us Softly

8 Illustrations Showing How Modern Life Is Killing Us Softly

Marco Melgrati is a Italian freelance illustrator, and his clever pictures about the sad realities of life have gained a huge following. The illustrator, who lives in Lithuania, has over 15 thousand followers on Instagram, and fans love how his pictures reflect the truth of modern society.

Here are 8 of his thought-provoking illustrations.

1. We Value Ourselves Based On The Things We See Online


    Today lots of people have low self-confidence, and they value themselves by the reaction that they get from other people online. Instead of worrying about how many likes you get on an an Instagram selfie, remember that you are just as valuable as the people that you admire online.


    2. Sometimes The Wrong Thing Is The Right Thing


      People often worry about breaking society’s rules as they don’t want to be judged, but sometimes the accepted method isn’t actually the best one. This image encourages people to take risks without worrying, as the risk could pay off and could improve their situation.

      3. Social Media Rules Our Lives


        Today people are obsessed with social media, and it can almost seem like Facebook has become a religion. Most people check their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter every day, but this image encourages people to put down their phones so that they can enjoy the world around them.


        4. Do Our Jobs Make Us Happy?

          In this image workers look like bees in a honeycomb, frantically completing work for a bigger goal. But the bigger goal isn’t their own; it is the goal of the company who employs them. This image encourages people to follow their own dreams, rather than someone else’s.

          5. Aspire To Be Whatever You Want


            Society may tell you to act a certain way and do certain things, but you shouldn’t be stereotyped. You can do anything that you want in life – don’t let others tell you that you can’t.


            6. Pictures Can Be Deceiving


              Someone may look beautiful in a selfie you see online, but that isn’t necessarily a real representation of their life. Lots of people seek validation online, and they often only portray the positive parts of their life. Don’t compare yourself to people you see online, as you only see the things that they want you to see.

              7. Focus On Love, Not Social Media


                In modern life, lots of people neglect their loved ones to spend time online. This can ruin relationships; instead of looking at your mobile screen, put your phone down and connect with the people that you love.


                8. You Decide Who You Are


                  Others may try to dictate who you are, but you are self-made; you can be anything that you want to be.

                  Featured photo credit: Marco Melgrati via

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                  Let’s face it.  We are living in a digital age, and there is absolutely no turning back. One of the biggest influences on society these days is social media. It affects us both positively and negatively. Social media was originally designed for people to share interesting facets of their lives with their friends, but it has become so much more than what it intended to be. It is now a medium for information to pass around the globe. In many cases, people first learn about current events through Twitter or Facebook before hearing about them from conventional news sources.

                  We also rely on technology for nearly everything we do. People these days seem as if they can’t go anywhere or do anything without their smartphones, tablets, or laptops. They need to be in constant contact with others via electronic devices.

                  However, there is also a downside to be too connected to social media and electronic devices. We are too dependent on them, which make us oblivious to what we are doing to ourselves. Being too connected can have a negative effect on our lives and the society as a whole. Here are 9 true illustrations that show how our society is negatively impacted because of the use of technology.

                  1. Facebook is eating away at your time.

                  Facebook is eating away your time

                    How much time do you usually spend each day on Facebook or other social networking sites? Is it hindering your productivity? Do you find yourself wasting time to a point where you don’t even know where it goes? If the answer is yes, Facebook might have eaten away at your time.


                    2. We’ve become “Likeaholics.”


                      When you are posting something on Facebook, are you doing it just to see how many of your friends will 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 inject into their bloodstreams.

                      3. Our electronics have priority over our lives.


                        Given a choice between your dying phone battery or you dying, which will you choose? In this case, the man in this illustration chose to charge his phone over to sustain his own life. As a society, we need to be more careful of our priorities.


                        4. Families aren’t spending quality time together.

                        mother baking

                          Here is a mother making holiday cookies, but what are the kids doing? They are not making cookies with their mother. Instead, every one of them has their faces buried in their own electronic devices. Television used to be what parents use to babysit their kids. Now, it’s a tablet, phone, laptop or video game that does the job.

                          5.  We’d rather record someone than help them.


                            A lot is happening in this illustration. A black man is drowning and asking for help. One person has a gun pointed at him. The other person has their iPhone pointed at him and is recording the scene, but is not interested to help this man.


                            6. Society is sleeping, it’s sleeping its life away.

                            sleeping your life away

                              Time is money. After we have wasted the long period of time on social media, we are losing the most valuable currency we have – our time in this world.

                              7.  Despite all the technology we have, we still want what someone else has.

                              wanting what someone else is having

                                There’s an old saying that goes, “The grass is always greener on the other side.” This illustration shows that despite all that we have, we are still not satisfied with our lives.


                                8. Sensationalism still sells.

                                free expression

                                  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 still have microphones in front of her if she wasn’t standing there topless?

                                  9. In the end, with all of this, we are still killing the planet.

                                  gun to mother earth

                                    This last illustration argues that despite all of our technological gains, we are still polluting the earth as if we have a virtual gun pointed at Mother Nature. As we build bigger cities and higher technology, how much more damages can we continue to do before putting our lives at risk?


                                    Featured photo credit: Jens Johnsson via

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