Has social media taken away our freedom?
Updated: Sep 30, 2018
I never considered this before; have you thought about this?
You are at a birthday celebration, having a drink with your girlfriends. All of you are having an amazing time catching up with each other, hearing each others stories. Of course, everyone has their phones in their hands taking pictures of each other, taking selfies. It is not even a question that everyone is ok with having their picture taken.
All we hear about is how Social media has opened up the world. You have your own news channel to program whatever you want. You post pictures of all the cool stuff you have and do, places you visit, ideas you have. You take selfies and selfies with others in it.
Have you met someone who said, no, I don't want you to take my picture or mention me in your post? Not likely. Do we feel obligated to participate? Do others expect us to comply? Has this constant demand to record our highlight moments taken away our freedom because we are part of that moment?
There could be two ways of looking at it; you might say "screw what other people think, I do what I want to do" or "I want to be in charge of the image of me the world sees". I don't think one is better than the other but each has it's consequence. It's your choice that you have to live with for the rest of your life, because we all know that on the Internet nothing goes away.
As for me, I am now more conscious of the settings in which I am photographed in, also due to creating a brand, how I look, what message the post portrays. My choice is that I want to be in charge and that means that sometimes I will not take pictures of myself or I will say "no" to being in someone elses shot.