In my opinion, basic necessity plays a very small role in shaping our desire for things. In modern America, the idea of satisfying our basic needs of food, shelter, and clothing, is almost silly when you consider how much we have progressed over the past decade. At one point, finding the proper fabric to keep us warm, the right medicine to cure our fever, or the sturdiest material to construct our homes from was a dilemma for the people of this world. Over time we have failed but gained new knowledge from it that has allowed us to progress to the confident nation we are today. Furthermore, these advancements have led to technology that 20 years ago would have been seen as wizardry or supernatural. All of this has resulted in an abundance of our basic needs that is available to almost anyone and everyone. The dilemma now is determining what pleases us most yet moderating our intake. According to an article by Patrick Hess entitled, “The Power Social Media Has Over Teen Lives”, these desires are heavily influenced by our society and the social media takeover that will continue to play a significant role in years to come.
Nowadays, instead of struggling to find clothing to keep you warm or dry, the struggle is about finding clothing that makes you look stylish, professional, or relaxed. As individuals, it is human nature to find ways to fit in and be accepted by those around you. One way of doing this, is to dress in the manner that a certain situation or scenario calls for. For example, if you are going to a job interview, it is advised that you dress in the professional manner that the job entails. An interview for a corporate job would require you to wear a suit and tie. An interview for a movie role might require you to wear makeup or dress in a silly costume.
Social media also plays a huge role in influencing our desire for things. To speak of the times when friends from opposite ends of the world could not communicate in an instant is like referencing the dinosaurs or the Stone Age. We are all so connected that we feed off each other and influence each other in so many ways. This is all done through social media. The issue here is whether we use that for good or bad.
Patrick Hess, from the Huffinton Post website, discusses in his article, “The Power Social Media Has Over Teen Lives”, the various reasons that social media is able to thrive in this era. One reason he gives is “the need for acceptance”. Social media allows us to associate with others that share common beliefs or interests. Social media compartmentalizes our lives into the different aspects that we enjoy and we are able to share these moments with others, often feeding off new ideas and advice they may have. Another reason he gives is to gain “answers to life’s questions”. This aspect can often be misunderstood and lead to negative affects for the individual. Many times social media portrays things that are not real or exaggerated and individuals could feel pressure to conform. This could lead to things like shopping sprees, low self-esteem, and faulty finances. For me personally, I enjoy Instagram and Twitter because they influence my desire to travel and attend festivals. Following accounts like National Geographic and Wonderful_Places on Instagram give me insight into places that I would love to visit in the near future. I have been to Europe and South America and those trips have fueled my love for travel. Twitter is good because I can follow airline accounts and check them on a daily basis for deals.
Hess, Patrick. "The Power Social Media Has Over Teen Lives." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 14 July 2014. Web. 20 Apr. 2015.