Globalization is a term that generates debate because there are researchers who talk about historical globalization and others who refer to a more modern one. It is one of the ways we have to relate to the environment in which we develop.
Let’s do a memory exercise. It’s 2000. There’s no social media, the internet’s just popping up. Our daily interaction is with the people around us. The vast majority don’t have a phone and the way to get a job is to look in the paper or in some ad that you’re lucky enough to see.
It’s 2000. You wake up in the morning and have breakfast with the TV on. You’re going to work, talk to your teammates about what you saw on TV the day before. There’s a trendy TV series and you’re talking about it. Someone brings out a different topic, in a heart magazine it’s come out that someone has divorced someone else, who you don’t care about, let alone your friends, but it’s a topic of conversation.
The arrival of Globalization
Globalization is a global economic, technological, political, social and cultural process consisting of increasing communication and interdependence between the countries of the world, bringing their markets into a series of social and political transformations that give them a global character. There are communicative vessels that link countries, cultures, economy, and produce a rapprochement between people but a departure from privacy.
By bringing this concept to us we could somehow with social globalization contact every living person on this planet. In fact, anyone only using the internet can contact you if you use social media. Social media has narrowed the space gap that separates you from someone else.
We’re emotional beings. When an emotion is processed in the brain and you are aware of that emotion and the mood that produces it, it gives rise to feeling, so the origin of feelings are the emotions that occur in you and rationally valued that will determine our mood.
Many times you only need a gesture, an emoticon, to feel good. Sometimes it’s a little more complicated. Similarly, you may also feel angry, upset, if someone tells you or does something. We are a daily mountain of sensations that come and go.
Before those times of each day were restricted to your circle of acquaintances nearby. Your family was the one who knew your mood or your co-workers. Now the concept is somewhat broader. Not only does your family know that yesterday you ate grilled octopus, but by sharing it, you engage thousands of people in that, who can also interact with that publication.
Social media has changed the world. The idea of ‘six degrees of separation’ – which two people are separated on average by no more than six intermediate connections – was first proposed in 1929 in a tale by Hungarian author Frigyes Karinthy, and popularized by John Guare. There is a work on Facebook that shows that this distance has been reduced using this social network to 4 degrees of separation.
Now we can contact anyone who is on a social network. Just send her a message or interact in any way with her. A few years ago you’d never know about that person’s existence, and you’d care little if it could happen to him. This causes a departure from our privacy. We used to have a place for us, a reserved place. Now we share even that reserved site.
Globalization of our feelings
We’re up to date. You get up in the morning and watch social media. You go into Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and want to know if someone has written you something that you find interesting. We live in search of a LIKE. More than ever, we need the rest of the world to notice us. We have so many things in our heads that we want others to know that we exist.
Before, if you got married, you invited your family. You sent an envelope with the invitation, you did it in a nice place, you took pictures etc. Today we all share these moments with the world. We upload photos to wedding day facebook and those photos are likely to have more interactions with people you don’t know than ever before.
Today we have globalized feelings. When we feel good we like to share it not only with our surroundings nearby, but with the internet and anyone can read it. What’s more, it’s like we need validation from others in the form of likes or interactions.
Per best I would like to reserve for myself something from my private life and make that piece only mine and the people I choose to share and not make it available to everyone. Just as there are people who are going to move to the countryside, it would also be a good idea to leave social media and start living the way we lived 20 years ago. It would be more boring our day, but at least we’d have a clear head clear longer to do what satisfies us, not what others ask of us.