Reflection on the Social Media Train

My score was 1/40 (https://openpsychometrics.org/tests/NPI/). Although for some questions, I did experience both so I opted for the most realistic answer/the one I tended to do more. Perhaps my score is a bit higher, but this is what my answers have scored me as.

1. I think apps like Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat were designed to try and keep people’s attention as well as their interest. The creators and designers don’t want you to put it down or lose your attention for something else. The ‘social interaction’, the popular feeds, the likes, these features are things that people tend to want. Some might want to use that platform spread awareness, for attention, self promo, or as an outlet. Whatever the reason, these apps are some of the biggest social media platforms in the west for a reason. 

2. I think balance is the best way to go about most things, including social media. Even if one doesn’t necessarily struggle with fomo or narcissism, handling social media in a balanced way (ie such as not spending too much time on it, obsessing over how you look online or having it unhealthily influence your life) could just be the best route when dealing with today’s social platforms. 

3. With or without social media, fomo and narcissism still exist. If this Narcissus guy from thousands or hundreds of years ago dealt with it, why can’t we? 

I feel like it’s more about mentality. Maybe we may be prideful about ourselves, thinking in ways that come from what we’d prefer to believe or how’d we want to be perceived as. Another explanation could just be because of how the person was nurtured. If they grew up constantly getting complimented and always having their way, then when they get older would likely live in a completely different world than another person who didn’t receive the same treatment/experiences. Maybe they could form some sort of complex in their minds. 

With soMe, 

here are some pros:

-higher awareness of what’s going on in the world, as well as with others

-self promo

-increased contact with the rest of the globe (not people in person, but in other countries for example)

cons:

-a new form of escapism /something that can influence the masses

-can lead to unprecedented unhealthy behaviors/perceptions ( perhaps the spread of lookism, superficiality, narcissism, isolation etc)  

-can promote addictions (addiction to social media, etc)

With any thing in the world, there will be the good and the bad that comes with it. It is up to us how we react and handle it.

Published by Ambour Leal

My name is Ambour Leal and I am currently a communication journalism major at Lamar University. I'm 19 years old, from a small town in Texas, and I do like the art of storytelling and photography.

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