Most of us treat entertainment as relaxation. However, entertainment is more about sensory stimulation rather than relaxation. We want incredible visuals and awesome audio. In this article, we will discuss how social media can complicate our life with information and goods (and how consumerism was frantically fueled by it) to ensure that we will not feel satisfied with our life.
What is Relaxation?
Yoga and meditation are big topics nowadays, and they are used as techniques for relaxation. That is, to slow down and lower stress.
These practices encourage you to look within yourself, to be self-aware, and give your mind and body the attention that it needs (it may be telling you how you are feeling at the moment and giving you answer on how you should act). This is to be calm and mindful.
Entertainment by Distraction: What is the Impact of Entertainment?
However, our eyes tend to look outwards rather than inwards. We pay much more attention to the outside world. According to Charles Cooley’s looking-glass self theory, we use the lives of other people as a standard to measure ourselves. It is through this comparison that we create an understanding of who we are. Take beauty standards, for example. We judge how attractive one is according to standards we learned from society. These impressions of what is beautiful stem from other’s opinions, movies, and even social media.
In considering the looking-glass theory, it means that our ideas of what is enjoyable and entertaining comes from what we see from others. Therefore, the vast majority of entertainment we seek nowadays is through social media or other digital media.
Unfortunately, we don’t get to relax while watching TV and scrolling through posts – we are stimulated.
Popping graphics and catchy music are used to grab attention, and keep it.
This is how we can spend a large amount of our time entertained.
In this way, we are not getting the rest we need.
We laugh from comedic memes, are engaged by the visual impact from CGI movies, and we are spurred to reply to exciting stories and comments. Popping graphics and catchy music are used to grab attention, and keep it. This is how we can spend a large amount of our time entertained. In this way, we are not getting the rest we need. We were simply distracted by social media. In fact, we often feel even more tired after consuming content.
To be entertained by distraction is much easier than a self-directed relaxation period mostly because this is how we were taught. Entertainment, or fun, is simply a good experience.
The looking-glass self describes the process wherein individuals base their sense of self on how they believe others view them. Using social interaction as a type of “mirror”, people use the judgments they receive from others to measure their own worth, values, and behavior.
Read on to learn about what happens in our minds when we use social media? Is entertainment really relaxation?