If you are a Netflix fan, you probably already know about Black Mirror, a series that covers several stories about the impact of technology and social media in the modern society. Some of them based on the future, some others in the present.
Not going to reveal much about it, just in case you want to watch it, but one of the episodes really got me thinking about how we, as a society, are living and connecting with each other. It’s about a futuristic world in which everything is based on how many stars or points you get from others. Kind of a mix of Amazon reviews and likes on Facebook. Each interaction you have is graded by the other person right there, at that same moment is happening.
If you have less than 3 stars, then you are not important, you can’t even get everyday things and activities, such as going to work, rent a good car, a decent cup of coffee and so on. Needless to say that everyone here is not as honest as they should be, they are all pretending in order to get more stars and rank higher in their social circles.
If you think about it, this is not so far from how we live now. Of course, they are amplifying it in that episode, but social media has become a place where the more followers you have, the better you are. The more likes you have, more friends. We need to show a perfect life in order to succeed.
Think about your Facebook home page right now, I’ll bet everyone in there is sharing photos and message about how amazing their lives are. And this is great, it’s a way to share with others what makes you happy. But the downside is that we are used to only sharing the good and just forget about our problems.
At this point, you know what I’m about to say. There’s no such thing as perfect, life is about ups and downs, everybody out there goes through them. It’s time to stop counting stars. And trust me, I’ve been there, frustrated about not growing my social media channels or not getting enough likes. You know what? The fact that I even get 1 like and that at least one person reads this post is a huge honor and I’m incredibly grateful for that.
So let’s stop counting, it’s time to be real. Let’s focus on engagement, on connection, on honesty and growing the right way!