Social Media... I'm over it.
Saturday, September 12, 2020
Scrolling through social media at 2am will tell you one thing, and one thing only:
Society is in desperate need of attention and verification.
I rarely share photos anymore, or post anything about my life, because I've been trained to wait for the reinforcement of interaction in the form of likes, loves, hahas, wows, etc. And I find myself upset, or disappointed with/in myself that I didn't "do" better.
'Do Better' ... at what? Staging a scene, because be honest folks, you're not just snapping a photo and sharing it. You're taking 5-10 shots, adjusting, readjusting, tilting things, changing lighting, etc., to take a picture that in the end means nothing, has captured no moment in history because as soon as you started adjusting, that type of honesty in photography went right out the window, and will be forgotten about as soon as it disappears with the next scroll.
And yet you sit there. Waiting for the first notification to pop up, and then another, and another, and another, and you feel accomplished for the day that your stupid photo has "amazed" a mass of people, that really could not care less about the photo, but felt obligated to click that little button because they were concerned that if they didn't your feelings would be hurt, and they'd have to deal with the "in real life" "you didn't interact with my photo" drama that comes with the forced nature that is social media.
I guess I'm ready to throw in the towel on social media, because the true beauty of life is being missed by the ever present droning of forced false interaction; compounded by the need to have to say something on every post you scroll through, even though, you don't need to say anything... especially if what you're going to say is negative. Nobody cares, really, honestly, especially on public posts with hundreds of comments, about your Negative Nancy opinion.
Newsflash: Unless you pay for followers, have no life, and blow a bunch of money on crap you don't use just to take some fancy photos in hopes of getting a paycheck, you will never go viral. You will never become a social media "influencer" and your life will be exactly the same as if you didn't try so hard to "impress" people you don't know in real life, or in virtual life, that your life is awesome.
QUIT LYING TO EVERYONE. Get off social media. Live your life. Only share what's really meaningful to you, so much so in your soul, that you think it will impact someone else in a positive way. Leave the other crap for yourself and your own memories.
We've created such a culture of "look at me, look at me" that no wonder depression and anxiety have skyrocketed, suicide rates are up, we're constantly comparing ourselves to the falsehoods people have created of "life" ... trying to reach unattainable goals, and acting like, "if only my house looked like that highly staged, professionally lit, super clean and why is everything white, there's no way these people actually have kids or live in this room at all ever" all that depression and anxiety would go away.
It won't. Just be you. For God's sake. He made you. He doesn't want you to be everyone else.