In modern times, even though more information is available now than ever before and multiple social media platform provides chances to people express themselves, the herd continues to beckon. A famous philosopher Immanuel Kant once said “it is not an inability to think clearly and feel deeply that prevents the common person from embracing his or her autonomy, but rather a matter of overcoming laziness and cowardice.” People from every culture background share one common characteristic called “mob psychology”. People are easy to conform to the masses, especially to the leaders in the areas. Simply by following others will in some extent make people feel safe. And most of the time, people behave like this unconsciously, followed herd mentality rules.
Under the circumstance of fast speed of social media development, the market research firm eMarketer predicts that by 2016 around 5.4 million more Americans will join the nearly 180 million U.S. users already on social media. No matter it is the social media platform from American like Facebook, Twitter or the social media platform from China like Wechat and Weibo, they all provide great opportunities for people to express their own thoughts and beliefs. But the problem is that people are tends to express themselves in person. On the social media platform, they always behave differently and follow by others.
It is fine to put our faith and believes in others. But a little bit of specialization helps everybody. We need to make good use of information from multiple social media and have the ability to stand athwart to the crowd.
- Do you think it is the social media making us all the same?
- Do you think if make good use of the influence of social media, people will truly express themselves?
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