What’s faster than making Maggi noodles? Making a YouTube video and watching it go viral.
The internet has forever changed some aspects of the world, and a sense of accomplishment is one of them. We live in a world of instant gratification. With the help of a miracle that is the internet, anyone can be famous. It started with Facebook and YouTube, and now there’s Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Blogs, every possible outlet to unleash your inner superstar. But have we thought about what this is turning us into? A fame hungry, insecure generation looking for approval. How could something that was meant to be a tool to communicate with the world turn so evil? The Internet has changed our definition of success, and of happiness. Unless someone likes that picture of us at a 5 star restaurant, we aren’t satisfied about eating there.
But what about the negativity? What about the security, that anonymity gives us? We don’t think twice about posting a negative comment about someone. We don’t think about what our words might be doing to that person. Kids like Amanda Bynes, Justin Bieber, Rebecca Black, they’ve all been victims of this internet fame fad. They have tried every trick in the book to stay in the public eye, even if they’re harming themselves in the process. And these are only the famous examples. What about the ordinary kids who try stunts just so that they can have a viral video to their credit. Once their 15 seconds of fame is done, the rest of the world will move on, but these kids will be stuck in that time warp forever.
Its ridiculous how every single aspect of our lives needs to be on the internet for proof that we’re actually doing something worthwhile. We’ve forgotten that happiness doesn’t depend on the approval of other people. Love to write? Then write, but don’t write just so some people who probably don’t even understand what you’ve written ‘share’ your article on their Facebook page. If you want to sing, act, model, then do it. But then don’t wait for someone to tell you how good you are to keep getting better at it. Maybe you won’t have 1000 likes on Facebook, maybe you won’t have a YouTube video, but maybe instead you might actually have something no-one else can give you, satisfaction.