“When you find yourself in the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” – Mark Twain
It can be so tempting. To get sucked in to following what everyone else is doing. It becomes easier to justify to ourselves.
Right now – most people spend on average an hour or more on facebook and social media each day. Does that mean it’s a good use of your time? It isn’t until more recently they are starting to find out that it can have negative effects on our mental health.
Or watching the evening news every night. Sure, most people take out a few minutes a day to catch up with what’s happening. But in order to keep it entertaining, it continues to become more sensationalized and focused on the outlandish events that happens. Regardless of the way media portrays the world, it turns out, we are living in the safest time in human history.
And binge watching Netflix has become a new fad as well. Endlessly watching show after show – rarely ever attaining much fulfillment. Do you think it’s coincidence they have learned to leave the episodes ending with a cliff hanger? It’s to keep you engaged and keep it present on your mind. But how often do you watch a full day of Netflix and come away feeling good about the decision?
Just because everyone else is doing it doesn’t mean it’s the necessarily the best use of our time.
And that is the conundrum of the digital age. Choice has become endless. It’s no longer about finding something to keep us entertained. It’s about fighting off the endless array of distractions.
And most of us haven’t built up an immunity for it yet. So we numb on facebook, netflix, cable news, etc.
In the moment, it always feels so right. Such an easy choice.
And yet, in retrospect, how often do we really feel fulfilled after the fact?
Instead, we rationalize. We justify. We fall into this mass mentality. Since everyone’s doing it, we must be on the right side of things.
But thinking that way is mentally lazy. It’s letting others decide what’s meaningful to us.
It’s not that all of these distractions and forms of entertainment are bad.
It’s the fact that we fall into a default of what’s popular, rather than deciding for ourselves what we want.
We let others make that decision for us.
Don’t fall into the mass mentality.
Seek out and decide for yourself.