One of my true regrets in life is falling a victim for social media, for having this constant urge to check my news-feed. It seems after all, that social media is indeed highly addictive.
I often find myself despising the medium that has displayed everyone’s world out there in the open, the platform where now almost everything is shared and posted online. Well, of course not everything, but the good parts that make a person looks good.
The dilemma of social media is in its irony, in its positive aspects that can’t be denied or disregarded, and the aspects that gets you to doubt yourself.
Don’t get me wrong, I value social media for giving a voice to the bright minds, for being a platform for young entrepreneurs to kick off their business startups, I value social media for it offered me the chance for scholarships, trainings and job opportunities.
Social media has also taught me a lot, from those who shared their experience on health, beauty and self-care. It introduced us to a new community, and brought us tighter with others. But at the same time, didn’t it somehow drift us apart from some?
Texting have caused me the loss of friendships, and yes, to that extent it caused me damage. Texting is often misread, and has blurred the advantages of having a real sit down to talk things out. Now that’s one damage social media can cause, the simplest kind.
Some of us may unconsciously start to compare their life with others on social media, and this can lead to a number of questions that one often tries to leave unopened. Questions like: Am I on the right track? Am I falling behind? What am I doing with my life?
When in fact, you ARE doing okay, others may have checked countries out of their bucket list but that doesn’t mean that it is too late for you to start your own adventure. it may seem that others are going somewhere and you’re stuck in that same place. But this should inspire you to move, to take an action, it shouldn’t at all hold you in that place forever.
Numbers shouldn’t be in control of our lives, it shouldn’t set a standard for beauty or rate popularity, they are just numbers, that is what they are, meaningless numbers. Because at the end of the day, the likes of a few closed one are all the guarantee and validation that you need.
I hate that some people are becoming popular based on that, that they hold power over others even though their influence is one we all better live without.
One thing that I know for sure is that a user can solve the dilemma. A user get to choose whom to follow and whom not to, a user can fight harassing comments with positive ones, a user chooses how to be influenced and the kind of content they shall be exposed to.
So, what kind of user shall you choose to become?