Much has been made in recent years of the onward march of technology, and a concept frequently pushed is that social media tramples on our happiness as it surges forward to make money from our personal data.
understand that it is difficult to navigate this, and I feel that we
are frequently unfairly judged for things that are not our fault.
for us, Cambridge Analytica don't give a fuck if you're smiling, they
just want to correctly identify your prejudices to nail you firmly to
your own convictions and crucify you next to the criminals you've told
everyone you'll be voting for via the medium of a quiz on your pet's
favorite brand of dog food as dictated by your star sign.
It's far too easy to sneer. You might well be wondering who the hell I
think I am, talking to you like this, but we are on the same side.
it's all too easy to believe it, isn't it? To buy into this wholesale
misery bullshit that they ram down our throats in the hope of turning us
into the most profitable sadness foie gras. You risk forgetting that
social media is a tool. And so is John Lydon, so I'll sidestep the
"anger is a gift," schtick, as cathartic expressions of anger are
generally considered to do more harm than good.
WhatsApp and Facebook can be useful tools for checking in on friends
while maintaining a respectful distance when they are going through a
hard time. I found out months after the fact that sharing football jokes
and memes with my uncle via WhatsApp had helped him carry on when his
wife left him. Of course, I'm not so naïve as to suggest that was the
entirety of it. A loving, supportive family rallied round and helped,
just we did so in different ways.
I attended a music festival
this year where my group of friends created a WhatsApp group for those
of us with anxiety issues, offering support if anyone needed a break or a
chat. Not the perfect solution, but very useful, and something that
would have been difficult to achieve as little as ten years ago.
don't just rely on the snide naysayers. You can make someone's day, and
it is much easier than you think. Try it. Be kind to yourself.