Social Media –
I think there should be regulations on social media to the degree that it negatively affects the public good. ~ Elon Musk.
Few of us seem to really understand the power of social media and its effects. We’re told that every business needs it these days. Many people believe they have to be ‘on it’, a party to it or a part of it. It certainly has changed a lot about the world we live in. Communications have never been more prevalent and yet in some ways so limited. It’s caused a lot of emotional pain and anguish. People get hurt by what others say and so much false information is put out there. We should each try to use social media in a way that enhances lives.
Whilst social media lends itself to sharing, its not really the best place to get the news. It does inform the populace of events, but it can also add to negativity. It’s no small feat to become a social media star even though there appears to be many of them now. It must take a lot of effort to get your voice heard and it’s not necessarily a safe place to speak your truth. However, reaching out to others through social media makes sense, particularly in this traumatic time of Covid-19.
Understanding the power of social media and the accessibility of information can make some people very rich. One of the dangers of social media is that it can damage reputation. Whilst we support collaboration, the constant need to be heard can make people do things they ordinarily wouldn’t. We should perhaps see it as a way to express our opinion rather than a means to show off. All the usual people problems of anger, greed, guilt, jealousy, shame etc are able to surface easily. The trouble is that everybody judges to some degree.
When we make judgments on others it can influence their life. Comments can either be helpful or harmful, it seems few people know how proffer advice without criticism. Although at Blissland we don’t really use social media as a marketing tool, we might have to in the future. Once the Corona-virus situation is over, getting back to any kind of normality may be difficult. In the meantime we want to offer virtual sanctuary to anyone who feels the need. Call, text or Skype if you need to talk. http://www.lionelpalatine.com
Last Sunday we ran our monthly men’s group by Zoom. Although it was a bit fractious, most of that was down to the internet itself. More men attended than normal and the whole three hours of conversation was overtaken with the current predicament. A lot of people are fearful of what the future will hold. The economic difficulties alone could resound for generations. However it’s the mental and family issues that appear to be of greater concern to most men. There’ll most likely be a baby boom at the end of this year and the beginning of the next. Divorce, murder and suicide rates are all likely to increase.
Very few of the men alive today have lived through a world war. We’ve all seen the growth in arms and the potential hostilities across many countries though. And now here we are in 2020 when we should all be enjoying a clear vision of the future and the world is being attacked by something we can’t see and don’t fully understanding. There’s an inordinate number of conspiracy theories being banded about on social media. Only ever believe anything that resonates with your own common sense. Remember to maintain daily emotional, physical and spiritual practices to keep you sane.
Blissland is still here to help, even if it now has to be via a social media connection xx.