I don’t know about you but sometimes I think there isn’t much good in social media. Sometimes it gives me a headache and I just need a break from it; I’m just scrolling and I don’t really know why because I don’t really care what most people had for their dinner, or how good their hair is looking today.
From September to October 2016 I had a 30 day break from social media and it was so refreshing; not half as difficult as I might have assumed.
Of course it wasn’t difficult, we really don’t need social media. We don’t need to check up on everyone, see what restaurant people are eating at, how their holiday is going. I mean, if we really cared that much, we’d just drop them a message and ask.
Sometimes I find myself scrolling through Facebook or Instagram or watching stories on Snapchat; when I could be reading a book, doing some writing, watching something or just occupying myself in a different way. Something a little more productive, something a little more for me.
It quite upsets me walking through the city centre and everyone has their head down on their phone, but we all do it. We think we’re being social yet we’re surrounded by people and we’re ignoring them.
Let’s be real for a second here, we post about our lives on social media not because we really want to keep people informed but because we are obsessed with ourselves.
So not long ago I posted on social media about how I got a First in my degree (yippee). Yeah I am so f*cking proud of myself because if you know me you know that the whole of university has been challenging for me. Surely, though, if I’m proud I should call my best friend, my boyfriend and my family and tell them the good news. Instead I wrote some Facebook post that a few dozen people took a second to like but I mean, do half of them really give a s*it?
And I sit back and think why am I doing that? Really?
Facebook is the main entry point in which people access my blog Awareness and this is great as I write with the intention of people reading it. But, sometimes we put stuff on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram and well I guess it doesn’t even matter all that much.
Sometimes I think we do it to boost our egos or ask for likes in order to boost our self-esteem but a few likes on a photo of you that’s probably edited is not going to make you feel any better about yourself.
What will is developing a bond with yourself to respect and love yourself enough to not really care what people’s opinion of you is.
Because I think we spend a lot of other time on social media comparing ourselves to other people and feeling like crap at the end of it – I know a lot of girls that do that anyway, myself included.
We’re so concerned with how the world perceives us. What does it matter? The people who are in your life already know you. Everyone else, I mean, do they really matter?
Maybe I’m being pessimistic but I think there’s a lot of truth in what I’m saying.
So… I’m going to share it on my blog and on Facebook with you all now.
Which is ironic.