My Realm of Fantasy

Social media is a platform that can you use to portray yourself in any manner, where your emotions only exist for likes and comments, where no one truly knows who you are. Your social media presence decides how eminent and liked you are. But have you ever tried looking outside this world within your screens? To see how lonely and cold it can get?

Yes, social media helps us connect with people all around the world, however, it does not help us feel connected with the few people who are in reality the most significant to our lives. Our online presence has made us care more about the quantity of our relationships rather than their quality. Don’t get me wrong, I too love a good response to my posts on social media, but these comments and likes do not play a part in the long run. Are these people going to be there for me in times of hardship or when you need a helping hand? Probably not.

I do love my media; it helps me escape from reality and rids me of my problems and dilemmas. I can choose to be whoever I want online; I can change my persona in a blink of an eye and have no one question me. But what happens when I close my laptop or put my phone down? When all my mess comes gushing back in a second, when I am overwhelmed with emotions and there’s nothing, I can do to control it.

I am trapped in this realm of fantasy and I cannot get out of its clutches, or maybe I just do not want to.


Published by Life in Media

Website dedicated to the Media Life/Life in Media project of Mark Deuze, Professor of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands).

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