Ratings And Healthy Consumption Of Media
We live in the craziest time ever. People interact differently with each other using different mediums. Some time ago, we had only chats and emails. Now we can interact with photos, videos, stories, tweets, etc.
People check their social accounts every day in total for several hours. So it became their daily routine, addiction, you name it.
The most negative thing that I found in this kind of activity and want to share with you is that mostly we see preferably perfect moments of someone else life. Of course, this rule applies to more personal content such as: been there, done that, ate this, etc. Don't get me wrong. It's awesome to share positive moments like this and follow friends to avoid losing a connection and stay in touch somehow. I don't understand the concept of following glamorous accounts and making your life perfect like these accounts.
Our culture today is obsessively focused on unrealistically positive expectations: Be happier. Be healthier. Be the best, better than the rest. Be smarter, faster, richer, sexier, more popular, more productive, more envied, and more admired. Be perfect and amazing and crap out twelve-karat-gold nuggets before breakfast each morning while kissing your selfie-ready spouse and two and a half kids goodbye. Then fly your helicopter to your wonderfully fulfilling job, where you spend your days doing incredibly meaningful work that's likely to save the planet one day. - The Subtle Art Of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson.
I understand the concept of following other people or accounts for inspiration. For instance, I follow some of the Instagram accounts that share fresh UI concepts or workplaces from different places in the world. It positively affects me and sends some creative vibe to work on something really awesome during my next design gig.
When I follow accounts like this, I don't think of them in a personal way. I explore what is interesting to me without any thought about why I suck in something that looks much better in someone's life. Let's say that it's just for professional use.
However, I do follow several accounts that are not related to design, such as Gary Vee and some guys who travel and share awesome photos. But it's not because I want to have my life as a copy of theirs. I receive motivation and inspiration for a different part of my life.
Still, I learned to filtrate the content that I get. To avoid a state as, for example, work till your eyes start to bleed and that's the only way to achieve success.
I like to travel, and traveling photos inspire me to search for interesting places, unusual things, and movement. I don't want to settle right now, and it helps me to keep the pace. Apart from traveling profiles, I follow some accounts for motivation. I see that other people actually do stuff to be successful, and they share their process. It helped me to crush the concept of overnight success at some point.
Video content becomes more and more popular. Probably every single day, several of tens start a vlog and share their thoughts or even life. But I found quite a lot of patterns watching these related to each other videos. And the craziest thing here is rating as it is everywhere else. So you can find excellent and valuable content on channels where people have hundreds of views, which is meant an abysmal rating. Still, very often, you'll see content with tens of thousands or even millions of views, and often this kind of content is not unique or even stupid.
It's just what most people like and watch. Is the question, are you the same as everyone else? As a creative, I'd say that it's not true. A real artist is always looking for his unique voice. Maybe not from the start, but after some time for sure.
It's hard to gain good self-esteem nowadays if you spend too much time on social networks and do it wrongly without any purpose. The important part of our everyday life now is to consume media content and even filter it properly to stay a healthy person.
It's not healthy to have a constant social feed of everyone's awesomeness.
The big part of our society wants you to believe that the key to a good life is a nicer job, a more rugged car, a prettier girlfriend, or a hot tub with an inflatable pool for the kids.
The world is constantly telling you that the path to a better life is more, more, more - buy more, own more, make more, fuck more, be more.
You are constantly bombarded with messages to get bigger, better, fancier, all the time.
You're ok to stand in line for the whole day to buy a new iPhone that's almost not different from the past year's model.
You care more about having a better vacation than your coworkers.
Better clothing than everyone else who surrounds you.
Better position on your job that has a slightly higher compensation but with 3x more responsibilities.
So the thing is that people focus on not so important things in their lives as they seem to be, and at some point, it makes them anxious. People lost themselves, their identity, their authenticity, their self-esteem. I believe that we are worth more than living someone's life or everyone's lives, but not yours.
It's not important how many likes you have or how many stars are in your profile unless you use it properly. It's better to think in the way of giving value to other people by creating content. So, you can inspire someone on something or change someone's life at least a bit. If my article helps at least one person somehow, then it's already successful and valuable for me.
So many times, I visited a place with a good rating but didn't like it or even hated it. What others like doesn't mean you'll like. Moreover, you can stumble upon fraud and be completely disappointed.
The same for marketing. You can read the front side of a product package and believe that it's so healthy for you and it has all the necessary vitamins and great nutrition facts. Still, most commonly on the opposite side, you'll find 50-70% of unhealthy components, such as sugar, trans fat, etc. But people tell that it's tasty and pricey. Meaning it is worth buying... That's not always true. Do your own research and check facts.
I know it sounds overwhelming and makes things complicated, but we need to pay attention to the right things during some time to learn to make the right decisions automatically in the future. For instance, avoid accepting information from not trustworthy sources, apply healthy eating habits, define what media content shapes good habits that are good for you.
It can sound a bit selfish, but I believe that the high priority is to take care of ourselves first and then give a good example to your surroundings. Behaving oppositely is not healthy for you. Moreover, people around will not believe you if you don't look healthy and wealthy.
Don't post things on the internet to impress someone. Do it to bring value for other people or your own goals and needs. It's not a rule. It's a recommendation that helped me think about these things in a more healthy way.
Why do I share all of this? Because I imagine where it's going, and I want to live in the craziest world. Imagine the world where you can't book a hotel or a flight because of your poor rating on the internet. Or even worth, you can be in a too-long line to your doctor so it will be too late to take a treatment.
Someone can agree on things I wrote here, but someone will probably argue with me. Anyway, let's focus on building healthy social habits, products, content, whatever we do, and make our world a better place.
Thanks for reading,