We spend so much of our f*cking lives online.
And so much of that time online isn’t productive. It’s comparing. Bullshitting. Hating. Clearly, not making us richer or kinder.
#Weclikd is here to change that. We believe that people at the core, want to be kind, and they want to be rich too- in health, wealth, and friends.
One in three minutes online is spent on social networking, 39% of the population uses social media to fill up their spare time (Hootsuite, 2018).
Social media connects us, as 1/3rd of the world’s population is online. It facilitates vital communications as governments, community causes and even loved ones can now access us immediately. From an enterprise perspective, brands now have enough data to make personalized recommendations instead of useless spam, and customer service can now become a disrupted industry with lower costs, and the world now becomes not a geographically contingent place but one based off of close relationships in the state of mind.
On the other hand, social media can be a space to also proliferate hateful messages, and data itself is inaccurate. Our communications and online information is only as good as what we make of it. It becomes a dire affair, say if a president utilizes social media as a controversial mic drop, or when retailers stalk and bombard customers to inundation. It becomes an issue of privacy breachment when our exes stalk us.
It can appear that the advent of new technologies comes with a new playground of rules and sets of challenges that it might not have been beneficial to engage in the first place. However it is in the slow nature of progress, as the benefits from implementing new technology in making the world interconnected and building relationships online always outweighs the benefits.
Imagine the last time when you wanted to reach out to a long lost friend and couldn’t find her, or if you were adopted seeking your biological mother? Or the time when you in dire needed a connection on Linkedin to someone in a company for a partnership, or could have escaped a mass shooting by a hair.
Social media, like the advent of technology, is a necessity. It is a form of communication that makes us feel interconnected and to act off of life-impending events in a timely manner.
Steve Jobs imagined a world where his smartphone would be the empathy box that connected relationships to come. His dream came true not in the sense that it was the box itself people needed, but the connections that the black box facilitated. The root word of empathy is “humane”, to be human, meaning kindness. It is to realize and embrace the arduous journey of innovation of technology and in oneself, which can only be done with connecting and working with others.
The famous poet philosopher, John Donne states, “No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee (Meditations 17)”.
We are all but one drop in an ocean, part of a collective whole, that while our messages and ideas may appear small, they reach even the ends of the earth. We have civic duty to ourselves and one another as although we may appear small on social media, our influence and thoughts can reach billions word wide.
The core of social media in community is to build trust through communication. The constant regular updates on our social media, the messages we send or text our friends bridge distance themselves in building mutual trust. Like a blind man who hears far greater, whose smells are keener, it is through eliminating physical barriers that social media allows us to connect with each other on a more emotional level. The largest challenge social media faces is to utilize these powerful emotional impulses for good, not through hate or Twitter wars.
Join us on our journey through our democratized system, as we build communities bonds, and trust, one relationship at a time. #weclikd.