Social Media.. What’s it Really Doing For Us?

S O C I A L  M E D I A.

the best thing since sliced bread.


What is social media?

so·cial me·di·a

noun

 websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking.

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • SnapChat
  • Twitter
  • etc.

Why are we so obsessed with what others are doing on a day to day basis?

No seriously.. why? Why on earth does it matter what the random celebrity you’re never going to meet is doing or buying? Or who your ex-boyfriend/girlfriend is seeing? Or how in shape that one girl is? Or how many followers, or likes someone has? Why does it matter? Unfortunately we live in a society now, where the one thing that matters is appearance, capital, and don’t forget, how many likes, and followers one has on social media. It has become a big popularity contest, but instead of it being in schools, it’s online – everywhere we go. We feed off of others, , and it is ruining our self-esteem.

Social media has legitimately ruined our lives. People sit on their phones day in and day out looking at Instagram, Facebook, and SnapChat. Half the time we are comparing ourselves to celebrities, or people that we assume are “prettier” or more “in shape”, or they have more money than us.

No wonder why we are all miserable. We are constantly comparing ourselves to others, when if social media didn’t exist we wouldn’t know what the kid we went to school with is doing now, or which celebrity got plastic surgery, or lost a bunch of weight, but we continue to look, we continue to obsess, and we continue to waste our lives looking into a screen. Not only that, but people base people’s popularity off of how many followers or likes they have. Seriously? How many followers or likes someone has is important?

OH MY GOD. BECKY, LOOK AT HER INSTAGRAM FOLLOWING, IT IS SO BIG. SHE LOOKS LIKE ONE OF THOSE POPULAR GUYS ON INSTAGRAM’S GIRLFRIENDS. THEY ONLY TALK TO HER, BECAUSE SHE HAS SO MANY FOLLOWERS, ‘KAY? I MEAN, HER FOLLOWING, IS JUST SO BIG. I CAN’T BELIEVE THERE’S SO MANY LIKES, ON LIKE ONE PICTURE, I MEAN LOOK AT HER PICTURE! SHE’S JUST SO POPULAR.

Seriously, just stop. This is how ridiculous we sound.

I’ll admit, I have been there… Oh boy have I been there. I used to go on Instagram literally 24/7, lurking hot models and staring at their perfect bodies as I sat on the couch and ate a whole tub of ice cream to my face. Last summer I took a month off of all social media. I deleted all forms of social media.

The first few days, as sad as this sounds were IMPOSSIBLE. I had no idea what to do with my life… I was so bored, I felt like I was addicted to social media. Every second I was thinking about Instagram or Facebook. But as the days progressed I got more used to not “lurking social media”, that I started to do things for myself again. I started to become a happier, more positive person. I started to have hobbies again (I know right, hobbies other than social media, WHO KNEW), I started to actually enjoy conversations with friends again (well the ones, who weren’t glued to their phones), and I also started to see what society has turned into.

I still remember one night, I went to a party. I had no need to be on my cellphone, because well, what was I going to do?

So I stood there at the party with my glass of wine in hand, and tried to socialize with people… This may sound pathetic, but there wasn’t really many people to socialize with, meanwhile I was in a house with about 100 people. LITERALLY every single person was either taking a photo to put on Instagram, sending a SnapChat, texting someone who wasn’t at the party, or posting some ridiculous tweet or status on either Facebook or Twitter.

I stood there, at a party with 100 people, and drank my wine…

Basically, what I am saying, is get off social media.. even for a day, or a few hours. Delete the App from your phone so you don’t feel the urge to use it, and if you must, re-download it when you want to post a photo or make a status.

I promise, you will feel happier, and less insecure if you delete social media out of your life.

– Joanna xo

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