To be or not to be?

A cartoon titled "Blogger's Dilemma" of William Shakespeare sitting in front of a computer about to tap the keyboard. His thought bubble says," To post or not to post, that is the question." The 2004 cartoon is by editorial cartoonists Cox and Forkum.

“Image description: A cartoon titled “Blogger’s Dilemma” of William Shakespeare sitting in front of a computer about to tap the keyboard. His thought bubble says,” To post or not to post, that is the question.” The 2004 cartoon is by editorial cartoonists Cox and Forkum.”

When Shakespeare wrote “to be or not to be” he had no idea the affects social media would have on that very question. We live in a world where “friends” are made up of people who we mostly talk to over a computer screen. We make our “Profiles” portray people who we want to be, but do they really portray who we really are? How bad do people now a day’s fake who they are? If we all just threw our Facebook profiles away and talked face to face; how many people on your friends list would you have?
Social media is made of algorithms that allow us to see what we think we want to see, how much of this media hurts us? Are we missing important aspects of people’s lives? How well do we really know our so-called friends?
I have many questions about social media, to be more exact the online medium of Facebook. I know myself there have been incidences when I have felt so alone and isolated in a world where we are surrounded with technology. Can this be good for our mental health? “Markway and Markway in Shyness Is Nice …believe that in general Facebookers may tend to reveal good news positive stories. When these are compared to the viewers real world experience which includes both positive and negative events/emotions, one may have the perception that one’s own life is worse”

“to be or not to be” who are we, who do we want to be? Are we being true to ourselves and friends when using social media platforms such as Facebook? Or are we pulling the wool over our own eyes, and trying to be someone we are not, and by result mentally exhausting ourselves in the effort.

Bibliography

https://disabilitymediaadvocacy.wordpress.com/unit-11/
http://www.sternbergclinic.com.au/social-media-and-its-impact-on-mental-health/
https://www.opensourceshakespeare.org/views/plays/play_view.php?WorkID=hamlet&Act=3&Scene=1&Scope=scene
https://rdw.rowan.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3440&context=etd

 

 

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