Social media is slowly taking over our lives and these illustrations have managed to capture it perfectly.
When you get back home after a long and tiring day at work, what do you do? Call your parents and tell them about your day, or type it all out on Twitter and share it with your followers? While there's no denying social media has come in handy for us at some point, it has also ruined the age-old charm of talking to people in real life, going out or even spending some time together to catch up with a long-lost friend. There is a constant pressure to click good pictures and share it with the world, as well as documenting every single minute of your day and uploading it for the world to see. Do you realize you're making yourself an easy predator by putting out all your information on social media that can easily be accessed by anyone? Social media and technology are affecting adults and children alike. We, as parents, hand out our tablets to the kids just so they stop throwing a tantrum. Now, why are they throwing a tantrum in the first place? It's because they're addicted to it, and they need to have the tablet to while away their time and we don't stop them because that keeps them busy even though we know it isn't the best of ideas. Here are some illustrations that show us just how much we've let social media take over our lives.
1. It's a zombie apocalypse out there with everyone trying to beat the other at surviving on social media. Likes, comments, and shares decide your position in the race for acceptance and fame.
2. It's come to a stage where you'll buy any story on T.V. news which keeps feeding you propagandist stories because someone you know has shared it or told you about it. Gone are the days when you'd try to at least verify if it's the truth before you share it on your page because everyone else is doing the same.
3. You're true to your roots, but not the ones you were born with, but the ones you've created. Gaming has become such an important part of people's lives that they forget to pay attention to the people around them, or to themselves.
4. Facebook feeds your ego. You share a picture on social media, one that you spent hours posing for and editing because you want people to believe you have a cool life when you're probably just sitting at home in your sweats. The number of likes on the photo equals your happiness.
5. Every single moment of your life has to go on social media, including walking your dogs. So, it does seem like social media has got you on a leash, just like you've got your dogs on one. Just the circle of life, now.
6. Even your private life can wait, but not social media. There is a constant urge to go online and see what other people are doing and then feel horrible about yourself because your life seems to be a bore compared to theirs. You no longer pay attention to those closest to you.
7. Your daily dose of Twitter is so important that without it you feel like you'd die. Again, it's the constant need to know what's happening, also known as FOMO, or Fear Of Missing Out.
8. Social media is now the final nail in the coffin. Back in the day, people used to educate themselves with books. Now, not so much as social media has replaced reading an actual book. Rest In Peace, literature.
9. Traveling to work? Let's check what's happening around the world or with our friends. Everyone is on their phone, even on public transport, and if you're not, you're definitely the odd one out there!
10. Conversations at the family dinner table have gotten silent and the only sound that comes from there is the swoosh from constantly refreshing your feeds. What's trending? Is it worth a conversation at the table?
11. Out on a date? Of course, you have to let your followers know what you're up to and who you're with. That's more important than getting to know the person you're with, whom you're probably meeting for the first time.
12. Always the first one to pull your phone out and click a picture of your food so you can post it on Instagram before you delve into it? What did you do before you knew about Instagram's existence? How did life go on for you?
13. Thinking of spending a quiet night at home? To simply Netflix and chill is not an option. You have to make sure you spend your time on social media instead of catching up with your partner and talking about how your day went. Priorities, right?
14. You really should be careful of who you open up to. Social media is a trap with people wanting their stories to go viral and that will be the reason why they wouldn't hesitate to share your story with the world.
15. Letting your problems free on social media is quite like announcing it on the radio. You're letting everyone into your life and for no reason. There's always some dignity in separating your personal life from social media.
16. You're up all night fishing for followers because you want to be accepted by people, to have them comment on your life and say you're doing great. Stop fishing, start living!
17. Up the ladder we go, the more bars we have the stronger the connection is, to the digital world. That's all we need, to be approved by a bunch of random people. This is the power of social media.
18. We are all trapped in our own little islands that we call social media. Oh, think of all the secrets your social media could spill if only it could talk. Spend all your time on social media and you'll float away too far for people to even hear your plea for help.
19. It's become a drug now, to get more likes on your post, that's all that matters to you and you're just so oblivious to everything else around you. Is that how you really want to spend the rest of your life?
20. There is just no privacy and you have no idea how many people are going through your posts because you've made sure they're public so they can reach more people. The good, the bad, and the ugly are now your audience.