Each of us has a different reality. And we’re creating that reality, and can shape it in many ways.
We tend to think of reality as something external and absolute, like the sun shining down on us on a hot, lazy afternoon. That sun is really there, whether we believe it or not, right?
But as humans, our reality is shaped by what we perceive. So one person will see the sun has overwhelmingly hot and oppressive, the other sees it as an opportunity for a great tan. Another will see it as a huge cancer machine. And still another will think the sun is an angry god to be feared and served.
Those people all have very different realities, even if the sun is objectively the same for all of them.
In that light, whatever you think about and do on a regular basis shapes your reality.
And that’s mostly the Internet (and phone apps), for a lot of people.
If you’re on websites that talk about how horrible the world is, and how gays and Muslims and feminists are causing everything to go to hell … then that will be your reality.
If you’re on Facebook looking at your friends’ food pictures or vacation photos, that will shape your reality. If you’re on porn sites, that’s what your reality is. If you follow people on Twitter who complain all the time, that affects your life in a major way.
What Internet habits shape your reality? Is that the reality you want? Can you shape it?
I don’t have any answers here. Just wanted to influence your reality a tad.
This post originally appeared at ZenHabits.
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