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Dear Sir, I always enjoy reading about the effect of societal changes on the human psyche. With the Instagram and Snapchat culture of today making sure that every moment has the right camera filter and causes the right amount of ‘buzz’, it is very rare that we find ourselves truly alone. From our teenage years onwards, most of us are aware of the insecurities that our mind carries with it. However, instead of taking a step back and breaking down these insecurities in order to better understand and overcome them, we tend to avoid thinking about them, letting our lives play out as a reactive channel to the changing waves of the world. In essence, that is the root of the problem. People look for permanent happiness in an impermanent world. People associate meaningful goals to superficial objects. After a certain point of time, the search starts to look futile, and that is when depression hits. Social media platforms now allow people to pick and choose the life they want to show the rest of the world. An intriguing thought is the fact that we actually do the same thing without a social media platform every day. In reality we put on a mental mask; showing the emotions we choose to show and merely uttering that which society requires us to speak in different situations. What social media accomplishes is a physical mask of sorts. It allows us to paint our own picture the way we would want others to see it. This trend of depression and the increased frequency of socioeconomic change both point to the fact that while we are advancing at unforeseen rates technologically, as humans we are devolving. We find it harder than ever to express how we truly feel, even to those close to us. We choose to put entertainers on a pedestal in society, as they create the most ‘buzz’. We find strong feelings of racism and bigotry among people today, even with the progressive, inclusive, and connected society that Facebook has shaped. While I wish there could be some magic formula to solve the problems that affect our society today, they instead seem to be accelerating with no end in sight. The Kubler-Ross Change Curve gives a logical picture as to the changes in mindset upon a traumatic change. We see that post shock, denial is the first state of mind we experience. As we tend to become so invested in our surroundings that we nearly become a part of them, when any major change takes place, our first thought is naturally disbelief. This sets off the chain reactor to anger, bargaining, and depression. This entire process is caused by the simple fact that we are so invested in our situation or surrounding that any change immediately affects us as well. We need to remain like butter on water; touching the water but never submerging into it. Finding our inner center, free of the views or opinions of society, is the first step to overcoming depression.

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