Since I first signed up for Facebook in 2006, I’ve been all over social media, well actually maybe even before that. I had a Myspace, and I also had a Blackplanet account (well, I used my brothers but it’s all good). I’ve grown up with social media but now it’s to the point where it’s almost like a limb of mine. It’s how I get news, it’s how I stay in touch with some friends, it’s where I come for laughs now, It’s where I come to hear opinions and all kinds of silly things. So needless to say, I spend most of my time on social media. I enjoy nature through social media, I enjoy everyday life through social media, I enjoy my family time through social media. So how can I break away from social media when it’s such a big part of my life!?
I don’t know, I honestly don’t know. You see social media has made me not appreciate life for what it is, sometimes it’s sucky, and sometimes it’s not. It’s made me become less empathetic, it’s made me be an ass to people’s very emotional situations. Social media has made me believe that i’m more important than I really am. Social media has given me a false since of success. But it’s not social media’s fault. It’s my fault for allowing it to consume my life.
I was listening to Simon Sinek, a brilliant idealist, and he really has impacted me. One thing he said is that people have lost the ability to be empathetic. He was saying that our cell phones have made us send subconscious messages that people around us are not the most important thing in a room, and he’s right. When I first got on social media I wanted to show everyone just how great things were. But in some cases the backstory to how I got there wasn’t great. My everyday life wasn’t great, but I kept giving off this message that I was feeling and doing great. Because of that, I was perpetrating a life that I really wasn’t living and trying to create envy in those who weren’t doing what I was doing.
I wasn’t able to properly process my emotions and deal with a situation. Instead, I just highlighted the one good moment out of 99 other terrible moments and show people that false self of mine. Social media was destroying me as a person. I began to get a false since of security as the likes and the comments flew in, and I was interacting with people online. I felt as though I wasn’t what I thought I was.
It wasn’t until recently where I realized that I am who I think I am. Because of that I decided to get rid of my personal social media accounts. I want to get back to appreciating the wind, the flowers, the thing that makes me laugh, the thing that makes me sad. I don’t want to keep recording my life in hopes to go viral and become famous. No, I want to enjoy life because there are so many things that are going to be bad about it, and I want to know where I can go to actually feel good.
Social media made me want to visit the places that the most popular person says we should go. It made me have the same opinions that the most viral person had. it made me mad about things that I really didn’t care about. I’ve become another person. So I needed to unplug. I needed to become me. and because of that, I decided to get rid of my social media accounts. I have no clue what will happen because of it, but it feels like the right thing to do. That’s the start to becoming a better person, doing what feels right even though everyone else may not understand.
Tis’ All, I’m Out
– Little King.
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