Sunday, 11 October 2015

I Think We Should Separate Part 2

It's been a while so I thought I'd update you all on this long awaited issue.

I'm choosing to be completely honest in this post, and so I wish to reveal to you, as many of you already know, I didn't exactly stick to my plan.

Part of this whole "hiatus" was to allow myself to see if I could really live life without social media, that I could live each day genuinely without this "new generation crutch".

It worked for about 3 weeks. Each day I felt more and more cleansed, and honestly, I felt that it was great because I didn't obsess so much about how many people liked my posts, or who retweeted me, or how many views I had on a particular blog post or Soundcloud track. But as soon as the first month was over, I found myself starting to give in. I felt lonely because I realized that as much as I wanted to do this cleanse, it wasn't something that everyone else would be on board with.

I started to see that the social media movement had a larger impact on the youth than I thought. People I knew spent hours on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc., scrolling down pages of endless pictures and videos and text posts about things they felt in tune with, but had no courage to live out. It was just so sad because as much I saw that social media was having a negative impact on the youth, I could do nothing about it because I didn't want to be relevant. I didn't want to be pulled into the attention, nor did I want the attention myself. I was more in tune with the humanity of myself but less with that of others as the world let humanity be dictated by these non-human machines.

Feeling trapped by this, I ended up using all of social media again by mid-August.

I saw that life nowadays literally can't be lived "properly" without social media. It's all people talk about, it's all people obsess about, it's all people feel is relevant.

As I mentioned before, I know that social media has its positive sides too. For example, I find that posts on Twitter reach followers much faster than the news, so let's say if a child is missing, people can post amber alerts automatically onto the site, and within literal seconds, neighbourhoods will act upon the issue and start looking for the child. I've also found posts of kids taking videos of their family members, making them promise to stop smoking if they get enough retweets and these tactics have worked for the amount of times I've kept up with them.

But I really can't find anything positive that outweighs the negative for the young people. I think that unless you're making a brand for yourself as a blogger, a Youtuber, an entrepreneur, or an artist, there's really nothing going for you on particular social media platforms. The ugly detail that encompasses this issue however, is that, this is exactly what corporations want. They want you to go on the site regardless of the benefits because it helps them make money, and in reciprocity, makes you more relevant to the world.

And honestly, as much as I see that for many, this may not be a huge deal, I think that we need to be more aware as users of the effect social media has on our psychology, that is to say, that we need to spend equal parts on it and equal parts off of it.

Now again, please don't get me wrong. This isn't a propaganda-infused post about taking down the machine, or boycotting the internet and its social media platforms. I am in no way denying the positive aspects about these sites, I actually really benefit from most of them, especially being able to contact friends without the awkward "I'm really weird on the phone" statements, and the super annoying phone bills. I also owe a lot to sites like Facebook and Twitter for allowing me to check up on my family or to hear about new songs and projects being released or worked on by celebrities I really look up to. I just think that we've learned to consume a lot in moderation except for the Internet.

I guess for now, I'm not really making any super huge decisions about what to do with my social media sites. I've noticed that I've started to use them a lot less, and if I do happen to go on rants online, they really are just rants of positivity or upon subject matter for social change.

I've honestly learned a lot, and I really hope that whoever may be reading this, will be able to take a week or two off of social media as well and take the time to spend human time with human people, no matter how redundant that sounds.

Thanks for keeping up with these posts y'all,
Until the next one!
Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving!

-Nicole




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