I read a joke on Facebook. Maybe you did too. It was about someone trying to fix his disarrayed life into the shape of a purposeful intent after a phone which has been preying on him or her had a flat battery. The person was about to write his or her life into the alphabets of his or her fond aspirations, when the electricity company brought back power. At that instance, the person’s life literally went dead as the smart phone resurrected on charging.

 Did you smile? It’s funny, but true.

Youths would resonate with the joke. We’re culprits and we know it. And our hearts burn within us as we watch, almost helplessly, the social media levitate like kerosene in the wicks of our lighted life, reducing us into bits in aimless flames. Pitifully, youths are the largest chunk of zestful social media users. 

At the age when life should demand unmatched concentration from us in planning and re-planning, when we should pour our molten selves into the mould of becoming and allow time to harden us into a masterpiece to the world, we reek of everything Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, WhatsApp, Telegram, Snapchat, WeChat, Tumblr, Viber and others.

There’s something peculiar about the human mind, it thrives in solitude or in a sort of a solemn milieu. Strip the social media of its virtual cover, and it’s no more different from, say, the noisy Onitsha main market, Bodija market, Ibadan or Kurmi market in Kano. This type of atmosphere makes the mind gasps for air and it’s unlikely for it to process anything outstanding. Things that could bring a name into the Nobel hood of fame, you know? 

The mind picks awesome stuffs with the radar of silence and yields bountifully on the loam of sobriety. No wonder, noise is always disdained in the libraries.

Social media is the good evil. Fact. It brought me to your view-points and all thanks to it, but it has, like many youths, also robbed me of precious moments with my beautiful, pluripotent mind because of its (social media) unrestrained use. Worse still, unlike drugs or prostitution, no stigma comes with social media addiction in the eye of the society, and that gives us the liberty to become absorbed in it to the detriment of finding purposes that we would need to earn fulfillments later in life.

The social media is the opium of the youths, beclouding our minds to life and living, hence, making us ill-prepared for opportunities that would launch us onto the podium of champions. Youths need to weigh their moments and be very, very cautious with the highly virulent social media infection.

Let us hear the conclusion of this matter: There’s time and purpose to everything under the sun; time to be with and time to be without the social media. Selah!

This article was written by Adesina Ajala; connect with him on IG here  

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