Having had an epiphany, which I ironically shared on Twitter before anywhere else, I now wish to discuss on my blog. This is a different type of post for my blog but relevant nonetheless.
When I was reading articles and studies on how the internet and social media are more likely to cause people to become depressed I seemed to think it was rubbish. I have no idea why, I just did. But then suddenly it all made perfect sense.
I can guarantee the first thing most people do in the morning before opening their curtains, having a shower or making breakfast is, check their phone. You will be in bed scrolling through what people have to share and say about themselves.
My question to you is do you really care? I have many Facebook friends but how many of them do I really care about? How many of them would I want to see at on my birthday or wedding or graduation? Not as many as I have on there. So when I scroll through what they’re saying and doing what am I really achieving from this?
The point I am leading to is, we as a generation never really have real ‘me time’ anymore. My Mom for example, her ‘me time’, because she hasn’t a clue about the internet and technology, is watching one of her favourite shows like Poirot. Doing cross stitch. Reading a book. Colouring.
What about us?
I think we spend most of our free time, whether we’re waiting for a lecture to start, lying in bed, about to go to sleep, in the bath, walking home… whatever. Is scrolling through social media networking sites. In this time we aren’t really having ‘me time’. We are seeing what everyone else is doing with their lives, naturally comparing ourselves, because as human beings we are competitive whether we like to admit it or not, therefore naturally bringing ourselves down.
But is what we are seeing really the truth? Or is it simply well-filtered lies?
How is this aimless scrolling helpful for you mood?
As humans we all need ‘me time’; time to yourself to reflect on your emotions, relax and enjoy your own company. But when you’re so distracted by viewing the lives of others you’re bringing yourself down in the process. However it is almost like we become addicted; as I stated at the beginning of this blog post the first thing I did was tweet about this epiphany I had.
Also when we are physically placed social situations and all we find ourselves doing is scrolling through social networking sites and not actually being social. We could possibly do this in a day and not have said an actually verbal word to anyone; that can make us, overtime, feel pretty lonely.
I believe, and this is something I also wish to practice, when you find yourself aimlessly scrolling through social networking sites think to yourself ‘is this actually helping my mood?’ and if not put the phone, laptop or tablet down and do something for you. Something that does make you happy. Something for yourself.
This is not a sudden hate on Social Networking Sites and the internet. Social Networking sites can bring people together, for instance without my being able to blog and share it on Facebook and Twitter I wouldn’t be able to help people that are suffering internally.
All I wish to say in this post is our constant use and the unnecessary use of social networks and the internet in general can cause your mood to deplete if you are suffering you need to ask yourself
‘Is this really helping me? What could I be doing instead of sitting here aimlessly scrolling?’