“You are the average of five persons you spend the most time with”. In the Internet-driven world, I would say you are the reflection of the content and people you follow on social media. Everyday, we consume information in the form of videos, memes, text messages, and so on. Statistics suggest that on an average, a person spends nearly two hours of their time on social media every day.
If we could measure the length of pages we scroll past every day, it could mirror the lyrics of Adam Levine’s song I drove for miles and miles, and where you wound up solely depends on the authenticity and sanity of the content you perceive. The Internet is piled-up with information; distinguishing real information from the unreal can be a hassle. The downside to this is that most of the people are unaware that they ought to verify the authenticity of the content before believing it.
Information Grows Like A Wild Mushroom, Spreads Like A Wildfire
Technology not only brings accessibility but also brings high levels of vulnerability to the information consumer. A person should take complete charge of the kind of information they conceive, process, and promote, as that would have a wider impact on society and on themselves.
Nowadays, trivial, pointless, and weird information are going viral because netizens are paying attention to such content. For instance, did you know about the viral egg that had beaten Kylie Jenner’s record of the highest liked photo and created a sensation on the Internet, especially on Instagram? Similarly, cat videos, bizarre challenges, and memes are buzzing around the Internet.
Authenticity Is Lost In Noise
Most of the content online today is either duplicated, fabricated, half-baked or falsified. There are oodles of information on star kids, celebrity airport diaries, unraveling prince or princesses’ relationship compatibility, celebs love life predictions… the list goes on. Having been dumped with irrelevant content, the real information goes unseen.
Such information is being generated in the first place because to some extent people are interested in consuming it. Just look at the number of fan pages on celebrities and their children! We are more interested in other people’s lives than our own. But I digress. Let’s look into how we can differentiate real content from unreal ones and the kind of information we should surround ourselves with.
There are websites, blogs, and social media pages that roll out informative content. You just need to identify and follow them. Understand the kind of information interests, including those that entertain you and provide food for your thoughts. Look for opportunities to learn, be open to contradictory statements, read and learn what they are saying, and analyze whether you still hold on to your notions after learning their side of the story.
- Make your interests align with self-growth
- Lend an ear to or a read material that contradict your beliefs
- Don’t circulate information without reading it
- Don’t go with crowd opinion
- Motivational videos are good, but don’t take it as the truth
Remember, the way you consume and propagate information, and the way you process your thoughts not only affects others but also your mental well-being. This may sound not that necessary, but believe me, if everyone became responsible for the information they consume then there would be no hatred in the world, the distinction between real and unreal will be crisp, and there will be endless scope for self-improvement.
The world today is facing many challenges, and the least we can do is take charge of the information we consume. Beware of the kind of information you consume and the kind of thoughts you express online because the universe is listening, and what goes around will come around.