Social media. Many people love it, some worship it actually. But there’s also a lot of people who’ve turned their backs on it. The question is: Is social media bad? And what is its impact in your life? What is its place in your journey of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle? Here is the real impact of social media in your life.
Impact Number 1: Social media undermines the value of having real interactions with those that we love
Social media has taken the place of actual, human to human contact. How many face to face conversations have you had in the past month? And no, skyping is not having a face to face conversation. I’m talking about a conversation where you can reach your hand out and slap your friend’s shoulder as you laugh.
Thanks to social media, we no longer enjoy those interactions that let us not only share a real laugh with a friend, but actually strengthen bonds between people. We have thrown out meaningful interactions for frivolous interactions over a phone.
Impact Number 2: Social media can be a breeding ground for jealousy
Let’s face it. Most of us can never log out of Facebook without checking out what’s going on in someone else’s life. We’ve become inquisitive about other people’s lives and have forgotten what it’s like to mind our own business.
I used to be on Facebook. I’d never heard of it until my friend opened up an account for me in 2008. And then I fell in love with it. I was thousands of miles away from home, and now all of a sudden I could chat with this huge network of people from home that I missed. I used Facebook only for that. To chat with people and find out how they were.
And then I got so used to it, and so in love with it that I was checking it as often as I possibly could. But now it was to see what was happening in other people’s lives in that stalkish kind of way. That’s when I realized it had become a curse to me.
I deleted my Facebook account almost a year ago because I no longer derived pleasure from it. Every time I went on Facebook I was bombarded by people’s lives in ways I didn’t appreciate. People were in relationships, it was complicated, so and so and her boyfriend were engaged. Nothing wrong with that. But I grew tired of knowing other people’s business.
I no longer wanted to feel jealous because a childhood friend of mine was now making it big and enjoying vacations around the world. I no longer wanted to feel bad that while I didn’t yet know where my career was going, another childhood friend was quickly climbing up the corporate ladder.
Being jealous was my problem, I can’t blame Facebook for that. But I could do something about that jealousy, and for me that was quitting Facebook.
Today I live my life free of social media. I live quietly and mind my own business and I feel so fulfilled. I don’t see myself going back to social media, ever. I’ve made up my mind to enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle and going back to social media would undermine that.
Impact Number 3: Social media steals time from you.
Track how much time you spend on social media and I’m willing to bet it’s a sizeable chunk of your day. Now think of all those other things you could be doing with that time, meaningful things. Spending actual time with friends and family, cooking, reading, exercising, volunteering, and the list is endless.
Social media lets you be lazy and be OK with it. It steals your time, the time you’ll never get back. You have to decide now if you want to spend that time on Facebook and Twitter or if you want to spend it doing something worthwhile.
The final word
I don’t know about you. Maybe you share my opinions, or maybe you don’t. But look at the impacts above and be honest with yourself about the real impact of social media in your journey of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle.
Please, this post is not to hate on social media and the people who are in it. It’s not a post to say quit social media. The purpose of this post is to alert you of the impacts of social media, the impacts you might be blind to. At the end of the day, the decision to join, stay or leave social media is yours and yours alone. It’s a free world.
Whatever your decision, take pride in that decision. Have the guts to say what you want and stick with it.
Thank you for reading this post. Please share your thoughts with us. What do you think. Does social media work for you or not?