I have a friend who loves a sad story about kids, another who has a thing about the abuse of animals, me, well I seem to have a penchant for stories about disrespecting women.
Hang on, this sounds really weird, I hear you say, kind of sick.
Well, dear reader, I’m just reflecting on The Things We Click On.
Come on ‘fess up, we all do it. Not because we “like” sad stories, but because we can’t resist them. The sadder, more depressing, miserable and shocking ones get the most reads. Negativity is a magnet. We are like moths to a flame.
“Social services criticised over baby xyz case”
“Animals kept in inhumane conditions before slaughter”
“X% of women under 18 say they have been sexually assaulted”
These are he kinds of things that garner our attention.
Now, I’m sure many of you are up to date with the law of attraction: what we see, hear, read and think about tends to manifest in our lives.
What happens then when the whole world is reading things like this?
Buddhists say that we actually create our world with our thoughts. It’s very easy to see that we create the internet with our interests, and with our clicks.
With every click we make, search engines and data analytics pick up on who follows the links, how long we spend on the articles, where we click next. Things that are clicked on grow and grow. And that’s not even the things that are actually shared and go viral.
It’s like neural pathways in the brain: the more they are used, the smoother, faster and easier they will run. And the stronger they will get. That’s how the internet is, things that are clicked on grow in strength, come up faster in searches, become part of our collective consciousness.
I’m not saying we shouldnt be informed. It’s crucial to be informed and the internet is an amazing tool, allowing us to communicate with each other as never before and pull the mask off many powers that be, as well as activate change and exchange vital information.
But, it is part of reality, a plastic ever changing organic entity, and we all have the power to create what type of reality it is.
Just as we can be wise and noble with our thoughts, we can be conscious with our clicks. Because they count.