Hands up if you know yourself, that you are hooked. You literally enjoy spending hours upon hours online, maybe your chatting to friends? maybe or you have put another picture up on your account and your waiting to see how many likes that this one has reached, or maybe your one of the many people that brags about their social media following (innocently of ofcourse)! it could even be that you’ve tuned in to your favourite youtube idol for their weekly Vlog. Is your hand up? Mine is, and I do fully admit that.
This month has been a bad health month for me, and I am currently on long term sick whilst the hospital is investigating what the heck is up and whilst I’m struggling being off work, I have had a lot of time to myself. A lot of time scrolling on my phone, and the iPad… and then I’ll even turn the laptop on. Thats bad, isn’t it?
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest…. and the million others? Seriously, that takes up a lot of time to catch up on all the profiles we have! How many hours do you think the average person spends browsing a day?
The internet itself is now the most powerful way for anyone to become known! Talent ages are now taking to social sites such as instagram and youtube to look for the next big thing! and we all know that if your online presence is big enough it could just be you! we are all aiming for the same goal really are we not? and its not just talent that is being headhunted through the inter webs but businesses and major companies are relying on us the media users to advertise for them! The opportunity is out there and many are getting paid to post online! its crazy and wonderful! I mean the internet has developed in so many ways, but with every rainbow there’s rain! Social media, and the high standards being wanted has a stressful and serious side that needs to be understood before getting involved in such things.
Are we addicted to being online?
So what does it actually mean? to be addicted to social media? I would say that because in the 2019, the digital era is at its highest (and still growing) the addiction to social media acceptance is an unseen but overwhelming element of just life its self! Addiction is such a strong word, I didn’t really like it the first time I heard someone say ‘I’m literally addicted to’ such and such. but at the end of the day there is such a strong connection between addiction and a continues need/want to do something. There are so many factors and we can all get so addicted to checking our profiles at times. Who wouldn’t want to have the coolest status, and the most instagramable pictures to upload without even realise it had happened. How many times have you taken a photo! just to immediately say “this is so my next profile picture” Hmmm, That sounds like something I have said so many times!
Heres to deep thinking coming up…
Take a moment to think about this. How many followers do you have? 50? 100? 10000? it doesn’t matter how many! have you ever put something online that others have liked, shared, commented or reacted to in any way! and now another important question… do you know that person who interacted with you? it might sound silly, but could that person be idolising your profile as something they would like to be? have you even thought about it like that, I hadn’t but I knew that I was watching other people and I knew that I was setting goals in ambition to be the successful that they seem to have achieved. When you start to think about it the other way around, That is a bit scary right?
A social media influencer can be anyone. We all know that there are influencers who has a large network of followers backing there accounts. This week I watched the BBC panorama documentary on the million dollar selfie! It was so interesting to watch, as an inspiring blogger I was able to take notes of where I could improve on getting my blogging journey getting myself out there and seen, as well as explanations on what social media influencers have done that have got themselves in major trouble. So this it was not a program sugar coating the dream life, because no one really wakes up in the morning with a flawless airbrushed photo ready look, do they? well I defiantly do not! the program was based on highlighting the problems that social media influencers have begun to face. How seriously scary is it that even a child under 16 can be influenced and conned into products being sold online, as a result of a social influencer advising this. I think anyone with an online account needs to take a minute to think about what they are doing, because really we as humans, do not know the true influence we are having. if you do not know the serious impact we are having on the viewers hitting like.
So here’s some things to consider…
- Are you spending too much time online? if that’s a yes then please take a brake! You don’t need to post your whole life online! and taking a break from your phone means you have more time to create memories and you can’t do that if your not living!
- Think about removing any content that you have posted that could have a negative effect on someone else! only you will know if this is something that you need to do!
- Spread positive vibes with others, you never know when they need to hear some happy words that day!
- Stop trying to create a picture perfect world! the world you have is already beautiful enough!
So what are your thoughts?
I would love to know your thoughts on social media. Do you believe that social media can be an addiction? or do you have an argument against this. Please leave a comment for me if you can.