(Stillness in the Storm Editor) Social media and the internet, like all tools, can be used wisely or not. The following is an informative article discussing the mind altering effects of these modern-day informational and social outlets.
For myself, I use Facebook to share information and engage with others. When I have a well conceived purpose or intention in mind, I am less prone to meandering from one post, picture or update to another. But while social media has become a tool for maintaining egocentric ways of being and used as aa social engineering platform, it can also be used to transcend these states.
I’ve gained more skill in acting with compassion, honestly and integrity using social media then probably anywhere else in my life due to the fact that the potential for being triggered is so great.
But despite these positive uses, the internet and social media can be incredibly addictive.
Addictions are things we tend to do that meet a deep personal need but are not within our control. The potential for wandering around aimlessly online looking for something to break our boredom or spark a positive state of being is very tempting. But arguably a more long lasting solution is to meditate, read a good book, or spend some time in nature. Also, having a good discussion with someone in person is far more enriching than chatting over a messaging system. Communication is only 20% verbal and a deep part of our being needs face-to-face interpersonal contact and the subtle emotional exchanges that come with it.
So on one hand, while the following article can be quite disturbing, on the other hand, it could be the very thing we need to re-evaluate how we use the internet. Looking for ways to challenge us and encourage personal growth and compassion for others with these modern day tools, instead of only looking for a quick fix of entertainment.
Finally, gaining some perspective by taking a hiatus from the internet and social media can also be quite enriching. I recently went several days without using it and I was able to regain emotional equanimity and composure so as to be less impulsive, more fulfilled, and generally inspired in life.
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July 24th 2016 – A minor grammar correction was made to the introductory text of this article.