We live in a digital age where we’ve been told that our worth is based on artificial beauty (thank you instagram filters & apps), the number of likes we accumulate over our polished pictures (again thanks filters & apps) and the increase of followers our profile magnetize.
We live in a world where privacy is a faded terminology. Even for those whose profile is tight ‘private’, the content is not so to the thousand of ‘friends’ privileged to have been filtered within that circle.
We live in a world where going out means more of a ‘strike a pause’ contest and a two or three ‘group’ photos rather than enjoying the moment and catching up with whomever we decided to ‘go out’ with that particular day/night. Dilemma hits when tagging or mentioning the ones in the picture because usually we have no clue who that chick at the far right side is but what the hell this is my clique and ‘you can’t sit with us!’.
In this new digitally globalized era, we always tend to seek comfort & refuge behind the virtual world.
A world we have created ourselves following the footsteps of those ‘flawless’ creatures within society.
A world we have created ourselves so as to seek approval and higher gratification from friends and strangers alike.
A world that gives us the morale boost much needed whenever we are down; from filtered social encounters we both know is not close to reality to picture perfect selfies we know does not do justice to face time reality.
I feel sad towards those who live their fake lives religiously. A couple of years ago, I was having coffee with a ‘friend'(described above) who confided in me that ‘real friends’ are hard to keep. She admitted that she felt lonely most of the times and life was a bore. At that moment all I wanted to say was:
“You are a dumb- ass for living your life to satisfy your ego through other peoples’ consent. Life is a unique experience tailored differently to each and every one of us. Our feelings and behaviors cannot be copied nor cloned. Love yourself. Be content. Love and you will be loved for you”.
However, I merely nodded because I knew that starting a debate to comfort my ‘friend’ will lead to nowhere.
Not sharing or making the effort to comply to society’s standard of “joie de vivre” does not mean that you are a loner or/and a loser. On the contrary, you know the boundaries of disclosing your private life and enjoy yourself truly with your friends.
As for now, I will leave you so as to scroll down my instagram feed and laugh a bit on the spams, I mean pictures, my ‘friend’ just posted with her clique!!