Addicted to social media and it’s killing society
Did you know based off a study done in Chicago(Chicago University), social media addiction is more common than being addicted to cigarettes and alcohol? Surprised? I’m not. I’m definitely going to raise my hand because I’m guilty of being addicted to social media.
There are so many social media sites from Snapchat,Facebook,YouTube,Instagram and twitter. They keep making more and more outlets, it’s hard to keep up with all of them.
It’s so crazy that you can put information out online and once it’s out there, it’s there. Y’all know I love using myself for example, recently I had a moment of true clarity. I was on every social media app. Spending too much time scrolling and posting.
I love sharing my life, but then I realized I was sharing and over sharing with complete strangers. Social media has so many positives, but also negatives. The negative side has long lasting effects. There are many people that will post certain things to compete with one another. There are people who post just for likes and attention. (Are you defined by likes and followers?)
Social media can destroy many relationships that you have with others, people rather post their problems than to actually talk and communicate with one another. Social media is very dangerous too. You can put the “wrong” information out and the information can get you in trouble. I’ve heard of people losing jobs because of posting certain things they believe. Many leaders,celebrities,politicians,and athletes will share their life to social media as well. Good or bad social media has lasting effects.
One of my favorite places to share my life was YouTube. I loved filming and editing videos. But I realized that not everything needs to be shared, especially with people I know I don’t care for in real life.
I personally always got a lot great feed back from my channel that is no longer more. I had over 800+subscribers. Over 33,000 plus views. Youtube was a fun and exciting hobby and it finally ran its course. I ended it. The day I deleted my YouTube, Snapchat and Instagram was a powerful day for me. I felt empowered. Now I limit what I share and who I’m sharing it with. Social media can cause unnecessary jealousy,envy and hate. Most people want to see you do well, but NEVER better than them. Hashtag FACTS. Not to mention it can have people stalking you and your family.
Social media can be a major distraction and can make you disconnect from the real world. For me social media was a way for me to connect with other adults since I lack the interaction most of the day at home. I’m with my toddler all day. That’s why I’m truly excited to start school, being around other people, other adults and stimulating my mind. You are what you feed your mind. Personally I love taking more time to read God’s word, meditating and focusing more on my sons needs. You may ask why do I still have Facebook, and even this blog? Truth is I have family I love sharing things with. I have family all over. I get to keep up with my brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. I’ve been able to reconnect with old friends and new friends.
It’s easier managing life without all the constant distractions of all of these outlets. I never realize how much people cared what I did. I suffer from anxiety and when I’m online too much it sky rockets through the roof. It’s easy to say I’m not addicted to social media. But how much time are you spending on each site/app? If you’re talented, you’re flipping between all multiple apps for hours. Laughing on the inside, because I was that person.
You don’t realize it until later how much time you spent online when you could have done so many other things. Time is so precious, time is something you can never get back. Think about all the time you have wasted being addicted to social media.
Remember not everything is a competition. Learn to live life outside of social media. Put the phone down. God made a beautiful world, enjoy it.
Don’t let social media define who you are. If you do, it will slowly kill you. Kill the essence of who you are. I learned that not everything is for everyone. Not everyone needs to know YOUR business. Sometimes you have to keep things yours. Use caution and discernment when posting your life.
Perception vs reality is EVERYTHING! Don’t be fooled or be the fool.
I hope you enjoyed this post and I will see you in the next one.