Something I have really been noticing lately, is how bad my mental health (depression and anxiety) is after I spend a significant amount of time on social media. I see others and what they are doing and the accomplishments and success that they have and I feel so behind. I have to remember that 1) Social media is not an accurate depiction of someone’s life and 2) LIFE IS NOT A RACE! I’m exactly where I need to be, and I’m probably ahead of others in some aspects, such as being married at 23.
I also find myself comparing my looks to others online. Which I’m sure a lot of people do, but I think we often forget that most pictures on social media, has a filter or has been photoshopped. Remember, THAT ISN’T REAL! I try to post most of my pictures completely natural. I don’t even have any photoshopping apps on my phone or computer.
I’ve started to filter through who I follow on my accounts and delete people that either 1)posts negative things excessively or 2) I just really don’t care about knowing what is happening in their life. A lot of the people I follow are from high school and the people I want to know about, I keep in touch with anyways. Filtering out people has been somewhat helpful, but not completely. I have been contemplating completely deleting my social media accounts, but I honestly have serious FOMO, when it comes to that. I know that is silly and stupid, and I agree. I just haven’t been able to bring myself to do it.
Another thing about social media, that I’m sure everyone is aware of, is the lack of human interaction we have with people. Everyone is focusing on a screen. I too am guilty of this, as I’m sure many people my age are. I’ve been trying to make a conscious effort on putting away my phone and soaking up the world around me and interacting with those around me. I think relationships with humans are much more fulfilling than a relationship with your phone.
That is another reason I like to blog. I like connecting and interacting with people, and blogging lets me do that. I have always been able to express myself better through writing, so at this point in my life, blogging is perfect for me. I haven’t been blogging very long, and I just started on this blog; but so far, I have loved it! I know this post is pretty short, but it was just something I was thinking about!
What do you think about social media?