Hey guys, social media has been a prevalent and important part of the routines of youth these days. But how much is it truly helping us to connect with those around us?
I quit social media more than a year ago, and what I learnt was amazing and terrifying at the same time. Amazingly terrible, you could say. At first, I was plagued by the FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) which was all too familiar to my very involved self. After a year now though, I barely miss it.
Now, I’ve managed to cram the disadvantages all down into these few points:
- Lowers our self-esteem
- A waste of time
- Makes us crave acceptance from society
- and many more that I have yet to discover
The matter of the fact is, I think social media is doing us more of a disservice than a free app ever could. Every day we scroll through our timelines, comparing ourselves to the filtered and edited ‘best moments’ of our friend’s lives; comparing ourselves to them and questioning our self-confidence? That ain’t no way to live your life. But sadly, that’s what most people my age do.
And the best part is, they do it for at least a few hours a day. Imagine the toll that takes on your mental health! I’m sure you get to catch up on what’s going on with that 50 people you barely know, but I’m pretty sure that time could be put to better use.
Okay, trust me on this one. I know you say you post these photos for yourself. Trust me, you’re not. Then, you’d have a confidential Instagram account to keep this memories to yourself. We all seek for that place where we have sense of belonging. However, social media brings this to another level. Every time you post a new photo, you find yourself questioning if people will like what you post. Don’t think so? It’s subconscious!
Now, I’m sure there are many of you social media lovers out there hating on me right now for bringing down your beloved internet platform. But don’t you think it would be better to catch up with that long-lost friend over Skype? There are some things you’re better of not knowing. Come on, then there’s more to discuss face to face.
You are of utmost importance, I’m not denying that. Still, the whole world needs to know what you are doing every minute of your life. Social media is not reality. What I’m trying to say is you have too much potential to limit yourself to a few photos. Reality is not a pretty as a filtered photo, but being conscious of our real surroundings is what is going to get us where we want to be. But hey, that’s just my opinion.
Comment down below on your thoughts. Yay or nay?
Thanks for reading!