If I could take a bet right now, I’d say that 95% of the people reading this have either Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. These days we are addicted to social media and as twenty-somethings, a lot of our lives depend on it–or so we think.
Social media is such a powerful tool. From Twitter campaigns to viral videos, any kind of message can be spread within seconds.
For example, Mental Health Awareness day recently passed or #BellLetsTalk for those of you on Twitter. This is a huge social awareness campaign that Bell started to make people understand mental health and that there are always people to help. At the time of writing, there were nearly 74,000,000 interactions with that campaign and that was just in a 12 hour span. We would have never thought that would have been possible even five years ago.
— Bell Let’s Talk (@Bell_LetsTalk) January 29, 2015
There is no doubt that social media can accomplish great things.
This is evident both from the #BellLetsTalk campaign as well as Taylor Swift fans everywhere. But there is a dark side to social media that many of us like to ignore despite the havoc it wreaks on our self-esteem.
When cruising around these apps and websites, we get distracted from our real lives.
Even for myself, I happen to have all three of those social media platforms and I’m not going to lie, I love them! However, you can have too much of it all, sometimes.
We see our friends, strangers and family online. We see what they are doing, what they are eating, and what they are thinking. Most people would deny this, but everyone embellishes things to make it seem perfect for the outside world.
People lie and we tend to get down on ourselves because of it.
We compare ourselves to others, become jealous of them or wish our lives could be a different way. This isn’t fair to you and sometimes you have to bring yourself back to reality and check out from all those distractions.
I’ve done it before where I have had a social media free weekend, I put the phone away and just focus on me and my life, not adding all the usual updates from other people to clutter my mind. You probably wouldn’t believe how refreshed you would feel after doing that. I even went as far as deleting my Facebook for over a year!
That being said, I got it back, but I now know the balance that has to exist in order to not lose track of my own life while I look at others.
I challenge you all to take a social media free weekend, I promise it will make a huge difference!