Privacy 

“There’s this idea that if other people don’t know you’re doing something, it has no value,”

Wow, how true is this statement?!

Every time we are doing something, whether it’s going skydiving or sitting on the couch, we feel the need to inform our friends/family and even strangers via social media. And I know this because people sometimes post the most pointless things, including myself. Down to the point of having a cup of coffee, watching TV, reading a book, and even private conversations and moments with their other half. Isn’t a little freaky that people know our every move, our routine, the coffee we order, or our grandmothers name. Personally, I like to keep my Facebook and Snapchat quite private whereas I am a little more lenient with Instagram because I post a lot of Islamic reminders etc. To think that a lot of people have strangers on all social media outlets and post really personal moments, is a little weird when you think about it.

Can you imagine living in the early 1800’s (before technology took over) and making a conscious effort to tell all the people in your street what you ate for breakfast. I know times have changed! But when it’s put that way, it sounds quite strange. 

I think it’s great how technology has evolved, however, I’m not so sure that we’re making the best use out of it. And I think this is where the religious aspect comes in. Personally, I struggle with the amount of time I spend on social media. I am a social media addict, and I don’t even know why. I don’t post much, yet I seem to be wasting so much time on my phone, constantly scrolling through an endless feed. This is something I’m working on. I just think, the amount of time I spent on these apps, I could have potentially memorized some verses of the Qur’an, or even read it at the very least. I could have sought knowledge which would benefit me in both this world and my hereafter. 

We will be asked how we spent our time on the Day of Judgement. We will be asked if we sought Knowledge and what we did with that knowledge. We can definately use social media to build our akhira by seeking knowledge, posting reminders and things we’ve learnt. Are we doing this or are we using social media to destroy our akhira? 

I for one, love taking photos of things that I am doing. This is so I can look back at good memories (because my memory is shocking lately). But sometimes I think that we spend too much time trying to capture things with our phones, rather than taking in the moment. Something interesting I read:

“You’ll be less likely to remember things if you spend the whole time taking pictures, rather than taking it all in.”

Everything we do should be done in moderation. One of shaytans tactics is to make us waste time on things that are permissible. Let’s make a conscious effort to use our time wisely inshaaAllah. 

(Reminder to myself first)