Do we REALLY not care what other people think?
In this internet age of text messaging, tweets, Facebook, and other social media, we are supposedly more connected to each other than at any other time in history. Break-ups, romances, births, changes in status, and other life events are routinely shared with the internet public – often without a thought about the persistence and permanence of what was historically intimate information.
One would think that people today are independent, resilient, teflon-coated, and definitely confident in their own worth and well-being – at least that is the impression based on the volume of personal information shared in cyberspace – often with complete strangers! Yet, is this really the case? Can generations of western children raised with the adage of “what will the neighbors think?” and “make us proud” overcome such indoctrination by chronicling their life on Facebook?
I believe that most people support and participate in social media because it helps us to feel connected with others – and hopefully enhance our existence on earth. Yet, the cyber bullying and online fights seem to contradict the “approval ratings” and can even harm one’s well-being.
Our goal should be to gain our OWN acceptance and become the best ME that one can be. One of the greatest mental freedoms is to not care about what other people think! You know best for you – and you are the only one who can be the best YOU!
Thank you for reading and have a great week!
- Smartphone Making You Antisocial? Consider Rehab. (adweek.com)
- it’s time to go tech-lite (jennunger.com)
- Relationships via SMS and MMS (urbgasm.com)
- Conflict Resolution: Three Thing To Avoid (waltbrite.wordpress.com)