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Mastering Mediocrity: Value Addition with Social Media

This week’s column primarily focuses on a segment from our seventh episode featuring producer and musician Rajith Maligaspe. In this episode, Zeeshan and Rajith discussed the importance of value addition to our everyday lives. They also weighed on the impacts social media can have on our mental health.

Social media, in its core, are interactive technologies that allow the creation and sharing/exchange of information, ideas, interests, and other forms of expression. But most importantly, to keep in touch with your loved ones. The world that we live in, however, has forgotten the true meaning and objective of social media. Today, social media is just another tool for cost-free advertising of your product or brand. Keeping your social media presence real while also positively building your brand can feel like a difficult thing to do, especially in a world where everyone only showcases their sunny days and starry nights, along with a carefully curated and edited post on the “gram”. It is quite easy to get trapped In the pitfalls of comparison.

Rajith and Zeeshan discussed how social media itself is a whole illusion, a stage where people come on to present the best versions of themselves. It sometimes gets to the point where the people you know in real life are polar opposite to the ones online, as they feel the need to keep up with the ever-fast-moving technological world. A world where trends change every few days and peer pressure has never been higher. They also spoke about how mediocre individuals look up to influencers and the dream world they live in. All of these changes in trends, keeping up with the influencers, and most unfortunately, comparing your online life to another’s can have major impacts on one’s mental health.

As mentioned above, keeping up with the technological trends can always put a lot of pressure on everyone’s minds, but when you actually do keep up, the compliments/praise you receive helps release the chemical dopamine inside your brain. However, this itself can turn into an addiction – and we certainly know that it would not end well. Zeeshan also mentioned how it bothers him that people feel the need to subscribe to a certain lifestyle in order to be accepted on social media.

When reviewing others’ social activity, people tend to make comparisons such as “did I get as many likes as someone else?” or “why didn’t this person like my post, but this other person did?” They’re searching for validation on the internet that serves as a replacement for meaningful connections they might otherwise make in real life. This will lead to people living their lives “for” social media, to live a life that does not make them happy to impress people who don’t even like them.

Rajith explained the importance of looking at how much your social media followers/followings factor into your life and in what ways. To live a happy life is one thing, but to be content to such an extent that you need not get others’ validation for it is entirely something else.

Unless the things or work you do both online and offline bring any value to your own life and future, it will always be deemed as a futile task and a waste of your energy. Learning to build an image for yourself whilst being as authentic as possible seems nearly impossible, but it is definitely an art anybody can master with time.

 

Episode transcribed by Amani Najumudeen.

Watch this segment in its entirety here: https://youtu.be/tQBzukbGB0M

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