Life in tiny squares

The inception of social media was pitched as the medium of making the world shorter, helping people stay in touch, reconnect with old friends, stay in touch with family or with existing friends, reaching out to your crush or expecting your crush who reciprocates the exact feeling to reach you; social media has been a savior for many.

Not to mention the countless advantages social media brought out to businesses, corporations in the form of targetted ads.

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Back then, when this process began no one would even have had an iota of the idea that somehow it might become another reason for people to pretend, to create false pretenses.

When Myspace, Orkut existed this was seen as the number of friends a particular person had, engagement a person received through the content the said person posted, etc.

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With the inception of say Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat all with their fancy algorithms paired up with the advances of computer software, they for some people have indeed become an epicenter of an unsaid, unannounced competition for followers, likes, views, and whatnot.

Paired up with endless scrolling of all seemingly addictive, interesting videos, memes that undertake a drug-like effect on our mind and a detrimental effect on our mental health, physical and social health.

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Instagram or Life in tiny squares as I like to call it is one of the most preferred and sought-after apps used by youngsters.

Its often said,

But this reel reference was never focused beyond the lives of celebrities.

This behavior is likely the reason for a common user to get anxious from the number of followers someone has If they have more followers than those they are following leading to a plethora of other stress-related issues like depression, decrement in self-esteem, and many more.

The populace follows power, that’s how it has always been. People are, were, and will be influenced forever and ever for all the time to come.

It's easy to say

Be comfortable in your own skin.

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This reminds me of this Super Bowl ad featuring Jason Momoa.

We all say that we are original and that’s how we should be.

But are we?

Food for thought from my sleep-deprived self.

AA.

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