Should I post this on Instagram?

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  • Tuesday, 25 Jun 2019

I HAVE come to realise that the culture of posting images and information on social media platforms for other people to see may seem innocent and harmless at first but it has slowly become addictive and mainly unnecessary.

Our generation has evolved so much through technology but when it comes to celebrations or occasions when one is simply being with family, it is always a wise decision to put your phone down and be present. This includes the tragic events or incidents we experience in our lives such as illnesses or funerals.

For instance, during Hari Raya Aidilfitri recently, I was just as excited as everyone else to share how we were spending our Raya on social media, specifically, on Instagram.

Those – including myself – who have relatives who have passed away visit their graves during Raya and I noticed that several people took photos of the graves or videos of family members watering and scattering flower petals on the graves. I found myself questioning the necessity of doing so, regardless of whether they meant well or not. What has happened to privacy?

Of course, it is acceptable to create memories but I believe that there is a time and place for that, and that place is definitely not at the cemetery and not beside hospital beds, especially when the sick loved one is not even aware of the selfie being taken.

It is even more uncomfortable to think that after taking the photos, the posters will be glued to their phones for a solid 10 minutes choosing a filter or thinking of a caption to write.

Sometimes, we need to have the privacy we once had. Not every-thing needs to be broadcast and documented. We need to pause and think about our intentions behind the photos, videos or stories we are about to post and we need to ask ourselves, “Should I post this?”

But then, maybe I just need to adapt to the “all social media, all the time” culture and maybe it is just me, a Gen Z person with the mindset of a baby boomer.

Or maybe we all need to use social media more wisely in the future.


Kuala Lumpur

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