I just started watching this show on Netflix that much to my surprise got my wheels spinning. One particular episode was a look into the future and instead of money, the drive, focus, and currency of the society were ratings based on stars. When buying coffee for example you’d rate someone from one to five stars. You’d rate your experience and interaction with that person. It was deeper than a simple like. As the episode unfolded you began to see people uploading photos to their social media for ratings These ratings determined what area they lived in, what house they qualified for, and what status they held. It might seem far fetched but it wouldn’t be the first time life imitated fiction.
I have to admit a few years ago I had to take a break from social media. My self-esteem was in the dumps and my mental health wasn’t in a place that it could handle the version of reality I was exposed to online. I saw everyone around me living a perfect life and I thought I was the only one that didn’t live this Pleasantville reality everyone else did. As I watched that episode I realized how relieved I was that I let go of trying to live up to that version of reality. I don’t compromise who I am, what I want, or what I like for the sake of fitting in. I don’t post things on my blog or social media for the sake of receiving likes. Of course, I seek exposure to a certain extent otherwise, I wouldn’t blog but it’s not for the sake of getting attention, fitting in, or being liked.
After watching that specific episode it made me wonder how far off we are from that fiction becoming reality. Do you think likes could become a form of currency? Do you think it already has to some extent? Have you ever compromised who you are for the sake of fitting in or being liked? Do you play into the social media game of showing off your best side? Do you find yourself missing out on the moment in search of the perfect photo to post? Do you crop out pieces of reality for the sake of creating the picture perfect moment? I know what it’s like, I was there once. It was exhausting! I’m much more at peace and happy now that I’ve accepted myself for who I am and engage online with the intention of connecting and sharing instead of keeping up (or showing off).
Have you seen Black Mirror on Netflix? What are your thoughts on this topic? Can you relate? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments ❤
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