With the screens of phones becoming the love of their lives of so many people around us, the world is deplorably going downhill. Gone are the days people loved spending time with their families, gone are the days people loved writing in diaries, gone are the days people took photos on digital cameras, gone are the days spouses knew where their spouses were before fellow users on social media knew it.
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Whatsapp, you name it, are teaming up together to destroy everyone. I know they have their advantages and that some people use those sites wisely and in moderation, but three-quarters of users are contaminating their lives as well as others’. It’s completely insane, ludicrous and cruel. Social media has the dangerous trait of poisoning people’ ambitions, preventing them from thinking clearly and instigating outrageous surliness.
In all honesty, I really hate social media. Go ahead and say that as an author I really need to create a domain for myself, make other ways to interact with people, they are huge platforms to publicise your work etc. but I really don’t care. For what it’s worth, if your book is meant to be a best-seller or your work is meant to receive positive responses, God will make it happen through some other means. And frankly, I loathe having to spend time on it when I can read books or watch a movie or help my mother when she needs me.
As far as I can remember, neither JK Rowling nor Taylor Swift knew what an android phone was when Harry Potter became number one bestseller and album Fearless stole hearts all over the world.
Anyway, back to my point. I see certain people living their lives on their phone screens. The incessant number of apps for every single media out there has made it very convenient to spare people the pain of opening a laptop and computer to even check their email.
So are you a social media addict? Do you think your smart phone is more important than your wife, husband, parents, siblings and children? Here are the very notable signs that show you have this disease bad:
- As soon as the cock crows in your head, you automatically reach for your phone. Not to check the time but to see if people replied to your texts or liked your posts when you fell asleep after three a.m … or was it four a.m? You may have heard the bell of the milkman …
- As you lie in bed you snap a selfie to put up on your profile with a good morning message. You don’t consider the fact your bleary red eyes and messed hair can really scare other people when they think their day is off to a good start.
- Eggs for breakfast? You have got to update the fact it’s so delicious. The yolk broke? You won’t be able to live with yourself if you don’t post what it looks like, and vent out your anger as your status.
- Your Whatsapp profile picture and status changes for every single day.
- When a selfie you put up on Facebook or Instagram isn’t liked by many people as you had envisioned, you throw a huge tantrum and demand how can people live their lives instead of looking at how good they look? Huh? The injustice of it all!
- You open your profile or Whatsapp every five minutes to check for notifications or messages.
- You look upon non-social media users as aliens from another planet.
- You forget the spelling for so many words in English and don’t know what is grammar and punctuation anymore.
- When you don’t get an instant reply for your messages, you start fuming and may even send a plethora of messages until they finally find time to come online.
- Once you’re tired of Whatsapp for a while, you switch to Hike Messenger and the person you were texting on the former appears here too so you can send stickers and photos back and forth and hit the like button.
- You have no clue what you had for lunch because you were too busy typing on Whatsapp to care whether you’re eating from your own plate or others’.
- Your parents and other elders are your sworn enemies because they disapprove of you spending so much time on social media. ‘Me –?’ continues typing on the screen ‘– Addicted –?’ still typing ‘– No, Mum, I am not –! OMG, he finally came online!’
- You take so many selfies because you want to have the perfect look for your next Whatsapp display picture. You want to outdo that bitch because she updated one of hers looking absolutely gorgeous.
- The last time you had a proper conversation with your parents was like, I don’t know, years ago? You have better business to do, which is to chat all day with your friends and like to disturb them constantly.
- You have so many groups together consisting of the same members. One’s the entire friend group. Other is for discussing about Saturday Night during which you didn’t invite two of the girls in the main group. Other’s about what an appalling way one of the girls from Saturday Night behaved … there are different varieties.
- The moment you see a fire accident nearby your house, you don’t bother to call firemen or paramedics because you’re too busy video-taping the flames so that you’re the first person to forward it through Whatsapp. You are such a considerate person to show it to all the people who are safe.
- Why do people obstruct the camera view with their folding hands while I’m too busy photographing the God or taking a video of the pooja? Am I supposed to pray when I’m in a temple? Wow, I didn’t know that.
- You’re reading a book? Come on Whatsapp!
- You’re drawing something? Sheesh, come online, man!
- You’re writing your book? I’m here waiting for you to reply to the text I sent four hours ago and you have the gall to write?!
- You guys can go out and spend quality time together, I’ve got a ton of other people to stop from doing the same thing with their parents.
It’s hideous, people.
Stop ruining your lives, stop ruining other people’s lives and stop hurting your family.
Everyone has lives to live so go and get yours.