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Are we using social media or are we allowing it to use us?

What is it like to live a life consumed by social media? Last June, Hifton Bros. produced a short film, What's on your mind, that went viral. The video received over 13,000,000 views, stirring discussions on various platforms about the incongruence between social media and real life. I am sure that for most of us, our conscience is pricked after watching this video. Even if the video seems overly dramatised, it still raises an important question: are we using social media or are we allowing it to use us? I felt a lingering sense of emptiness after seeing how this man in the video kept seeking validation from likes on his Facebook. Later, I realised that my social media habits are somewhat similar to his. Consciously or unconsciously, I find myself checking my phone for Instagram notifications until the responses give me my desired satisfaction. When everyone starts portray...

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