HOW SOCIAL MEDIA AFFECTS US
Published Oct 13, 2016
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This post is partly confessional and partly instructional. Because I can’t guarantee you that I’m not a knee-deep social media lover myself. It is so easy to be on Facebook for a long time, scrolling and seeing what all the people on your newsfeed are up to. And then there’s Facebook Live. And there’s Instagram. And blogs! And lots of other apps aimed at drawing people into looking into their phone screens for as long as possible.
I recently read an article by a very successful retired blogger who literally lived his life in front of the screen. He kept writing, and hundreds of thousands of people visited his site daily. He got so absorbed that he almost lost touch of reality. It was a physical illness that brought him back to reality. Wish I could pull up that article for you to read but I have tried to retrieve it to no avail.
I totally enjoy the fact that I can connect with people in a far away place because of social media. It’s an incredible invention. I have met great people on Facebook and learned so much from groups. It helps with boredom and it has been an incredible tool in promoting my blog.
However, when I look around me, I feel that the essence of us being humans is getting lost to the screens. People connect more to their devices than to the people around them. I mean, it is easier now to get someone’s attention by Facebooking them than by talking to them.
And I think that if we don’t consciously bring some discipline into our lives, we will be entangled in the web of the World Wide Web.
That addictive connection to your phone decreases productivity, leads to comparison, a false perspective of life and a failure to connect with the people that really matter to you. Being intricately connected to your phone can actually stop you from living fully. Trying to get the perfect picture of that meal can actually stop you from enjoying the meal. Trying to post Instagram photos of every bit of that vacation can actually stop you from enjoying the vacation. You can slowly and surely become imprisoned and rendered miserable by that device that is in your hands.
And that’s not a good thing.
Social media can actually work for us if we would use it and not let it use us. Use it to make positive connections. Use it to inspire and be inspired. Use it give out love. Don’t let it use you. Let the time spent in front of your screens be a productive one. AND going on a social media detox every now and then will work wonders for you. Give yourself space to think, be creative and connect with nature. It shouldn’t always be about the phones. It should be about living like the human that you were made to be, aptly connecting with the world around you.
What’s your take on this? What’s your favourite thing about social media? What’s your least favourite thing about social media? Let’s talk below.