In a world full of mains and privs do you ever think we forget how to live the life we were given? In a screen programmed for these programs that we cram into our minds to leave our world behind in hope that we’ll find something to fill the hole that consumes us whole and leaves no room for anything but Netflix? Ever start wondering if we’re so busy pondering our number of likes we forget how to love? Ever think our eyes are so glued to the screens it seems like you’d rather be in your phone all alone than with those who can mean something to you, outside of that screen?
Do you ever wonder if we fall into the screens, the LED lights, and we’ve fallen too far to live our lives?
We’re losing ourselves. My step brother wrote a poem and it says exactly what I want to:
Born into the twenty-first century
known as Millennials, Generation Y,
hard-wired by screens
we are found lost.
Numbed by the phones we float,
trapped high in the cloud,
we count likes like zombies,
addicted to the dopamine
but protected by the filters
we sit alone.
listen to the screen shatter beneath you
and look up.
Now I am such a hypocrite, as my best friend would tell you. I complain about our generation of social media zombies, all the while ‘addicted to the dopamine’. I rant about short attention spans and LED lights while I can hardly get through a film. And here’s the thing: so many people have talked to me about how they hate that they feel like they’re missing out on living because of the screen they live in, instead of the world.
But who am I to complain? Without the internet, well you wouldn’t be reading this, would you? How many of you got here via email or a link?
I love the way the internet can connect us. It can bring us together. But in too many ways. It undeniably divides us.
So, if you ask me, there’s a balance. Between utilising the incredible opportunities that the internet and social media give us, and letting ‘the screen shatter beneath you’. Between enjoying what you can do, but not losing yourself in that world. Between controlling your phone, instead of letting it control you.
And if you get there, or are already there, then good on you.
Some us are still stuck
Love, Hea xx