What are the real costs of social media? Will building your online profile stop your fear of missing out?

We are Socialife.

We are a group of students who banded together to create an immersive experience exploring the dangers of social media. While it is true that social media works to connect people and create new relationships, many fail to realize the unavoidable dangers and side effects created by our digital obsession. In an attempt to shed light on this issue we created a faux company that promised its customers an increase in social prominence, we aimed to reach out to members of our society whose lives are intertwined with social media.

Our goal in this experience is not to undermine the benefits social media, but instead to raise awareness of the toxicity of social media when it becomes too much of a priority in our lives. Countless studies link social media to depression, fear of missing out (FOMO),  and shattered focus. Society is slowly becoming controlled by social media influence. We rank people based on the number of followers they amass. Likes become the focus of our posts.

Only when we realize this deadly pattern, will we be able to break the mold and live without the burden of digital expectations. Knowing this we can start to let go of the pressure to perform and focus on living our best lives, without needless comparisons or self-pressure. By creating this experience, we hope to have shared our perspective and challenged your view of social media.

We hope to continue to bring awareness to this issue as well as evolve this experience. Please take a moment to fill out the survey below.