Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Virtual illusions.

Illusion refers to " something that deceives by producing false or misleading impression of reality."
In today's world, when social media is at its pinnacle, people, young or old are convoluted in a never ending maze of illusions.

Illusions arising from the desire of an individual to be a part of something. Social medias have groups, groups which comprise of all kinds of relationships. School mates, college mates, colleagues, neighbours, family members, cousins. Worst of all, a bunch of strangers tied together like a rope by some common interest. Think about an acquaintance and you can accommodate that person in a particular group.

The reason behind this culture is the basic need of a human to belong. To belong to someone, to belong to a particular niche. The need of a person to believe that they are wanted and are of value to someone, anyone.

How real is this sense of belonging, and how much of it is mere mirage?
A blast of personal information, photographs, opinions are exchanged between people everyday. This regular food for brain creates the most deadly illusion.
You see a bunch of faces that you remember from childhood or  faces you see every day but do not connect to on a personal level. Faces of people you know inside out. Their images, their photographs, their opinions, their advice, their sense of humour bombard our brains everyday creating the illusion of familiarity.

Familiarity, which may or may not be real but misleading impression of reality. For those faces are imprinted on our conscious everyday. This familiarity  creates an illusion of " idea of a person" in our brains.
 Imaginary persons are formed in the  subconscious, they are actually real  people but their behaviour, their characteristics  are moulded as per our own likings, only the faces remain the same and the subconscious gives birth to a new individual.

While using social media, one must stop for a second and ponder, if these people you have formed an " idea of" are real! Is one really  safe in the  virtual company of such dual individuals, whom we assure ourselves we know yet are stranger to.

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