Every morning, we wake up to the sound of our alarm just to snooze it and roll back over into bed. When we finally feel ready to get up, we grab our phones and scroll through Instagram and Twitter to see what we might have missed overnight. It has become routine for us, we unlock our phones hundreds of times a day just to scroll through social media sites to make sure we haven’t missed out on anything.
These days, social media is such a big part of our lives that most times it can cause more harm than good. People have started to base their self-worth on how many followers they have, or how many likes they receive on an Instagram photo and base their relationships on silly things like how long their Snapchat streak is. By posting everything online all the time, we’re lying to ourselves to make it seem like our lives are better. It’s sucking the life out of us!
Although social media is great for connecting us with others (especially when we have friends and family living in other countries), it is also tearing us apart. We live in a world where “hanging out” with friends is just everyone sitting together in a room staring at their phones, in a world where it’s normal to go on a date where you sit together in a restaurant just to look at your phones. It’s sad how much we rely on them. We’ve even started to have the hard conversations over text instead of in person because it gives us the ability to ignore messages or to say things we may be too scared to say in person.
The thing is, while you’re spending your time fearing that you’re missing out on social media, you’re actually missing out on the things happening around you. Our generation has lost sight of what’s important; we don’t know how to live in the moment anymore, it’s all about capturing the moment and posting it on Instagram or Snapchat. We’re letting our loved ones slip away without even realizing it because most people would rather hold their phone than hold the hand of their partner. Life moves fast and we aren’t going to be here forever. It’s important for us to start living in the moment and experiencing things ourselves instead of experiencing everything through a screen.
Have a social media detox, put your phone away; living without technology even just for a few hours can calm us down and help us to feel more connected with ourselves and with our loved ones.