I just uninstalled my Twitter app and like every drug addict, I am going through withdrawal symptoms. Mindless scrolling through twitter has been replaced with mindless scrolling through Quora.
The first thing I do when I wake up every morning is to unlock my smartphone, switch on my data, and surf the internet. I spend a lot of time going through bits of data on Twitter, Whatsapp and the Internet at large.
No doubt, the Internet has its benefits. But what if it has gone past the beneficial stage and is now the very reason for the demise in human abilities and the increasing rate of depression and suicide. At least, that seems to be the case in Nigeria.
A quick look at Nigeria and its Internet usage gives one a good idea of the effects of Social Media. Nigeria has an active youth population with almost nothing going their way. Somehow, this same Nigerians manage to fund their Internet subscriptions and end up turning every situation in the country into a joke on Social Media.
Young people in Nigeria are more concerned about how they are seen by their online friends than about how people in the real world see them. Young Nigerian girls now have role models in Instagram models while young guys are fervently using the internet to gamble away their lives and engage in all kinds of fraud, all in the name of hustling.
The Internet and social media is acting as an opium for the youths in Nigeria. It numbs their growing pain and frustrations in a country where everything seems to be going against young people. No matter what you throw at us, we will find a way to make a joke out of it. After all, we have the best jollof rice in world.
As young people, we should be having career paths and long term goals. This is not the case in Nigeria. Nigerian youths have basically nothing to hold on to apart from their smartphones and selfie sticks. And we are completely reluctant to do anything about it because we are constantly high on this drug called the internet. Why bother when 5000 people can like your pics and tell you how much they “love” you?
Nigerians pour out their growing frustrations on twitter in form of bants and savage replies instead of actually doing something tangible about their problems. The main issue at hand is never treated because majority of Nigerian youths lack the necessary mental ability and stability to take on the pack of old men who have decided to ruin their lives and run this nation to the ground.
Drugs like Indian Hemp, Rephnol, etc. are not the only drugs constantly being ingested by Nigerians. We now ingest Twitter likes and retweets, Facebook and Instagram likes, and countless videos available for our viewing pleasure. These drugs helps us feel better about our appalling and rapidly deteriorating situation as Nigerians.