Given my age, I am often asked what I think about social media. That’s pretty broad, though. Let’s get more specific.
I use Instagram and Twitter probably the most regularly. I only really communicate with close friends and family on Facebook, Snapchat, and WhatsApp. I love using social media to keep in touch with people. Most of my friends have gone their separate ways to college, and social media allows me to communicate with them and keep up with their lives. I am a Gemini, which apparently means I love communication. I do. I love my phone and I love using it to talk to people.
Getting on to my next point though- do I think social media has reduced the amount of time we actually spend in person together? Yeah, a little. I want to make plans. I want to see your face. I think a lot of other people my age feel that way but are afraid to say so because it’s becoming less and less ordinary.
This isn’t to say that no one ever leaves the house anymore. It’s just less customary to make plans every time you want to talk to someone because it’s easier to text. And this generation has added a whole new layer of “talking” to the beginning of a relationship, which I’d rather be spending going on dates and making memories.
Sometimes I lie awake at night thinking of all there is out on the Internet of me. A lot of that is by my choice, but some of it is just part of the culture these days. It’s kind of hard to go through school without setting up some type of online account. And to be a blogger, well, it’s impossible. I am very honest about the reality of my life on this website. I think if it offends anyone then they would probably be offended by me in general. And that won’t make for a productive relationship anyway, romantic, professional, or otherwise. What you see is what you get!
I love the Internet. I love social media. But I absolutely hate all the little rules and games. I don’t care how many likes I get. I don’t care how many followers I have. I was studying for an exam with a guy I liked at the time once, and he had the nerve to put me down because he had more Instagram followers than me. And I thought, “Wow, you need to get a life because I’m too busy living mine to be concerned about my Instagram followers.” And you know what? My Instagram followers are mostly friends and family who have supported me and want to keep up with my life. Quality, not quantity, my friends!
I think when we’re feeling low, social media isn’t the best place to seek comfort. So I’m going to start making more of an effort to divert myself and do other activities that revitalize me. Going for walks in the charming city of Kent. Drinking iced coffee next to the duck pond with my sister. Starting a new creative project, like working on a painting or writing a blog post. Your screen is a major convenience in your life. It serves as your alarm clock, your weather channel, your phone, but it should not be your anchor. Whether it’s 2019 or 1919 (the year women gained the right to vote, mind you!) or 3019. There is a whole world and I don’t want to miss out on it because I was so busy trying to make it look good for my Instagram followers.