Every 10-minutes or so I checked my Instagram again, scrolling into my timeline’s feed and seeing all my friends picture. There is some sense of its own relaxing feeling by knowing what other people are up to, you feel like you are a part of that one friend’s vacation or your friends who just got engaged. You feel like you belong to a part of community.
The most frightening millennials’ nightmare had just happened to me this week. My phone fell spectacularly in the bathroom and broke its screen. Now, experiencing this tragedy has shed a light on me on how we should reflect on technology.
I grow up in one of the most exciting time, when the internet was just booming. I remember back then when we used to switch our phone connection to be able to use the internet. To our younger readers out there, yes, there was a time when we rely on trust to meet-up, we have landlines, not a smartphone like it is now. Exploring the whole wide world in our fingertips, back then I would never imagine all the access and possibility to the so much information in the world.
I remember the first time I joined my first international chat room on the internet. My parents used to encourage me to try talking to a foreigner over on the internet. I was so happy when I get a compliment in a chat-room, and how we would meet someone on the other side of the world. Little did my innocent self had realized that the person on the other end might be a creep or a psychopath.
Now, as an (almost) adult living for a paycheck day to day, more skeptical, I feel like I am back to my younger self where we crave so much validation from a stranger. I still remember how nervous I was posting my first picture of myself on the internet. I thought “would it be weird if that came out on other people screen?” Now people would think you’re weird when they cannot find your pictures on the internet. “Are you even a real person?”
Thanks to the internet, we are probably the most informed generation. It’s easy to find any information online about the latest gadgets, or the newest fashion style, or that new music. It is a positive thing, of course, to have the whole word and information at your fingertip. But I feel like it’s easy for us to get confused because of that information. This materialism we have towards the current trends can lead us to become the most misinformed generation as well. We matter so much about things or what anybody said to us in the web rather than what actually happening and what we witness with our own eyes. This could lead to a mistrust and bias for your own life, relying on other people’s information.
When I hang out with my friends, aside from having a real conversation over coffee, I also need to juggle between several chatting platform and social media just to be completely in the moment. It needs to exist in my timeline or else, it is as good as it does not happen at all. Guilty as charged.
I think we need to re-evaluate on how we crave for attention. Take pleasure in things you really do enjoy, not what other people think you should enjoy. For example, I enjoy my morning coffee even though it is not instragammable at all, and I also enjoy my weekend marathon of a very cliche tv-show Drop Dead Diva sometimes even more than the “cool” tv show such as Game of Thrones or Stranger Things.
Living the millennials life, one paycheck at a time, fully ready to conquer the world.