The Online Cult

The ever growing online community are fed with a strong presence of audience participation. But are we really happy?

I would feel much better if I could filter my entire appearance each day and recieve a hug every time I said something moderately funny instead of social media likes.

But it’s the online ‘community’ – I prefer cult– that makes us feel as though our self-worth are measured in the form of likes and positive comments.

It’s considered as ‘support’ if you press the right buttons and comment the right emojis (you know the ones: 😍πŸ”₯πŸ’―). Real support is telling your friends in person that they look lovely and asking them to their face if they’re okay instead of typing ‘inbox me babes’ in their latest online rant for the community to gawp and gossip about.

But trust me, your employers, friends, family and boyfriends/girlfriends do not care – well they might care a little bit if they feature in your profile picture -. And the reason they don’t care is because our social media-selves and our physicial-selves are two different people. One is more attractive, funnier, always says the right things, their food is perfectly represented yet untouched and the other is an actual human being.

There’s no sense of a positive community where the online world is concerned as the happiness created lasts as long as a tweet posted using the wrong your/you’re.

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2 Comments

  1. This is an interesting concept to consider. I think it really says something about how online communities are making us look at our self-value and the way they have almost made us change the way we socialise and think.

    I think for a younger generation, who are thrown straight into this world, it could have potentially damaging effects. It could become more of a tool to alienate them, rather than provide them with the social skills needed to get by in everyday ‘real’ life.

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  2. I agree with your post whereby online communities do create a certain illusion or fantasy if you may as a source of strength or support. But are these supports real? The hugs like you put it, are electronic hugs better than the physical real one? Personally, I feel it isn’t. As you know, we, as human enjoy and in so many ways embrace and need human contact. We are people creatures.

    However I then thought about individuals who are not what society consider a “people persons”, who are more introverted than others and have the tendency to, for whatever reason it may be, isolate themselves from the outside world. Or people who want to escape the reality of the world are people I feel who gain and receive the most benefit from the online community. Although its temporary, the online community allows us in so many ways live out and create a “better” identity for the ourselves that is better than our real self. For some cases this is a good thing, as provides the individual an outlet, somewhere where they may find a sense of belonging or distraction from problems in the real world. But for others it can potentially become dangerous if the individuals begins to really immerse themselves into the online community and completely losing track and ignoring the real world they’re actually living in.

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