Have you ever taken the time to think about why you make the decisions you do? Are you making decisions based on what you want or based on outside influences?
The other day I was walking around my town. I noticed that two houses next to each other had snowmen displayed in their front yard. A different house I walked by was the old house of an acquaintance. His family had had their last name on a wooden sign hanging on the side of the house and now the new family had done the same thing. My neighbors and my house all have colored lights hung on them. Who decided this was the way to go?
As much as I would like to say that I make my decisions by myself and for myself, I know I would be lying if I said I was never influenced by some outside force.
Ads influence what you buy. People talking about things they like influence what you buy. The seasons or holidays can influence what you buy.
Buy. Buy. Buy. We have turned into a population controlled by consumerism and the internet. The fact that you can buy anything at the click of a button is very convenient but it also has created a problem of people buying way too much.
Not only are people accumulating more than they need, people are being influenced to act or dress differently than maybe they would have without the internet, which can be good if it feels true to them but bad if they are trying to dress for a certain “role” or to fit in.
The internet is like a double-edged sword. The convenience of online shopping, connecting with people online, and finding anything out with a quick internet search is amazing! Being able to do what you want when you want where you want is something that was not possible years ago. This is also a problem. People have started to shop more often (I used to drunk buy things and never knew what was coming to my house. my parents order so many things online that a day without a delivery is less common than a day with packages), talk to people more but not always in a pleasant way (people tend to get real bold with their words when they are behind the safety of a screen), and spend loads of time on the internet and maybe are finding out things that are false (self-diagnosing oneself with a medical condition because the internet said that is what you have. I have definitely done this before).
I think, like with anything else in this world, there is a healthy balance. I think the internet is a great tool to use but to spend your time on the internet wisely. I know how easy it is to get sucked into a mindless scroll. In a documentary-drama hybrid on Netflix, called The Social Dilemma, they talk about how apps are designed to make you addicted to them and it is a battle that you are designed to lose. App creators suggest not using the apps and they don’t want their kids to use them. This thought is frightening. I would definitely recommend checking the documentary out to learn more about the impact internet and social media has on people if you are interested.
I think it is something to be aware of and to use the internet in a smart way. Spend your time on the internet in a productive way. Set time limits for yourself for apps. Turn off app notifications so you aren’t constantly being pulled into the app. Losing 15 minutes of your day in what seems like the blink of an eye is kind of scary, so just be mindful that this can happen.
I am a person who I believe will always use the internet, however, I know I need to be careful to not let myself get sucked in.
I believe the internet is beautiful and helpful and has improved many things in this world, but I have also experienced and witnessed the detrimental mental health effects it can have.
Treat your time on the internet as special and productive and it will be your friend but allow yourself to get sucked in to endless, mindless scrolling and it will become your foe.
Spend your time wisely, friend.
Until next time,