Social media connects billions of people around the globe. In doing so, it disconnects us from reality and creates false ideals that many struggle to achieve.
To be clear, I am not advocating for the end of social networks. Nor am I encouraging you to delete your accounts. However, there is no denying that social media has changed the way we view ourselves and the world at large. And it is not entirely healthy.
Think about it, our society is endlessly distracted by cell phones. Despite the circumstances, we have been conditioned to enter the matrix and ignore those around us. Platforms such as Instagram, TikTok, Facebook and Twitter command our attention and keep us glued to apps.
The appeal of social media is obvious. Users have the ability to present themselves in any manner they choose. The format provides individuals with total jurisdiction over their public image and private content. Photos exhibiting great joy and pure excitement are regularly shared. I mean, how many pictures do you see of families smiling, couples dancing and people partying?
If you didn't know better, you would assume the entire world is living in perpetual bliss. Everything seems perfect. But this is not true. Because all we see online is what others allow us to view.
Internet personas are carefully crafted. They are meant to give the impression that everyone is living their best life. The desire to pursue this narrative is natural. After all, humans are needy. We long to feel valued and appreciated. When those needs are met, our self-worth is validated.
Sadly, viewing social media heightens our own insecurities. Yet we cannot stop looking. Because if we do, there is a sense we are missing out on the fun. Imagine all those pet photos, selfies,and food platters you will not see. That alone can cause anyone anxiety. But it shouldn’t.
If we spend less time fixated on the internet and more time focused on physical surroundings, our bonds with those who matter will strengthen. Instead of tending to virtual friends, embrace your real ones. Life is better when we enjoy moments rather than viewing them.
Take a break from social media. Read about a book. Plant a tree. Bake a cake. Clean your room. Paint a picture. Meditate. Do something that stimulates your senses independent of cellular technology. I know it seems odd. But you can do it. And you might just thank me for it.