Do not let their opinions govern how you feel about yourself, or how you treat yourself. Precious moments can now be stored forever, with a click.The convenience of a digital camera in our phones has changed lives. Being able to record emergencies, accidents and incidents at a moment's notice are all advantages of a camera with video capacity which lives with you in your pocket.Machines are all around us, on us, even in us, helping us, connecting us, freeing us and providing opportunities unimaginable a century ago.Yet this same sea of perpetual connectivity in which we live also generates more stress than ever before, not least because it is extremely hard to disassociate ourselves from it.Massive memory cards allow storage of thousands of shots, without the hassle of film. If you find yourself haphazardly taking pictures of EVERYTHING, simply as a matter of course, or from a fear of 'missing something', you may have a problem.Phone cameras, in the right place and the right time, have saved lives, reputations and solved crimes. How many of these shots do you actually access, later? Emails, messages and texts trickle into your life in a steady, inexhaustible stream.
We have become cyborgs, fused with our machines, plugged continuously into the Internet, connecting to the world and each other through a 24/7 freeway of social media platforms which include networking and blogging sites, image and video sharing sites, personal broadcasting and collaboration tools, widgets, social bookmarking and news aggregation and of course, virtual worlds and virtual reality platforms.
If all this sounds familiar, you're on the road to connectivity addiction.
Being 'connected' all the time may seem satisfying, but it can also overstimulate you.
Part of that process involves presenting themselves in images as they wish the world to see them, in order to receive a response they hope to get, and while we are all guilty of this process to some extent, social media has transformed the politics of such performance into an addictive 'instant gratification' loop, accessible 24 hours a day.
Are you constantly checking the number of 'likes' on the images you post to social media?