I’ve decided to remove myself from social media, there is far too much negative crap that clogs the newsfeed and it’s depressing! According to a study carried out by disability charity based in the UK called Scope of 1500 Facebook and twitter users surveyed 62% felt inadequate and 60% felt feelings of jealousy from comparing themselves to other users of social media. You can read about it here which I found rather interesting.
You see many people will put out a glossy image of their lives and how perfect it may be, myself included. People comparing each other or children being compared to other children it’s like keeping up with the Jone’s but on Social Media. Of course there are many types of social media users who use it it to blag about something by checking in to some top hotel in some posh resort in a hot, far away country and there are others who use it for everything and share their whole life on there. Everyone who uses social media are guilty of either. Problem is it becomes an unhealthy obsession.
I found myself waking up in the morning and the first thing I would do is check Facebook, and then again at breakfast and so on. You get deeper and deeper into the unrealism of it all. What was life like before social media was invented? We actually had to interact with each other. More and more people go to coffee with friends but actually sit there and update their Facebook status or check out on others. It’s not normal at all! It then affects your social life, work life and home life because at the end of the day we spend far too many hours looking at other people’s lives and not our own. It’s sad isn’t it, but that’s modern day living. Everybody has social media right?
Worst part of social media is the bullying that can happen to young people. You read far too many stories of young people needing help because of cyber bullying and many who take their own lives when it comes too much. They are also great platforms for child grooming. Instagram for instance, many models and celebrities use the platform to show of their great lives and fantastic bodies. This can be damaging to a young girl who may feel inadequate, this is where an eating disorder can begin because they too want to look like this stick female. This is society today- the need to be perfect and no room for imperfections.
Social media can also be isolating, you may have like 200-300 friends but how many of these would you interact with? 1,2,10? Unfortunately we are now living in a very digitised world. Of course Social media does have its benefits as well as negatives it’s great for keeping up with the family!
It will take me a little while to get used to not using social media but mentally it could help me. I’m helping myself ❤️