Mindlessly Scrolling Through Social Media

Mindlessly Scrolling Through Social Media

Who's to Blame for this Problem?
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I know this isn't a problem I am alone in having, and that is why I want to talk about it. I have tried to stop my habit of mindlessly scrolling through social media, but it’s hard to break a habit so ingrained into my daily life. All of these social media apps I use are right at my finger tips; it’s all on my phone which makes it difficult to not access it. Sometimes I’ll delete the apps off my phone for a brief period of time to try to break my habit, but I don’t do it for long because more and more it seems like there are important things I need the apps for. Granted I could check things like Facebook on my laptop, but I would rather associate my laptop with work than social media.

Maybe the answer is that I am on my phone too much and need to get away from it. Maybe I should turn it off more, designate time to be phone free, or disconnect it from wifi and data. To be honest though, I could be a lot worse in regard to being on my phone. That’s not saying I couldn’t be better, but it’s also addressing that maybe my efforts could be focused elsewhere. Yes, there is always an extreme to an issue, but overall, I don’t think the main problem is that people are on their phones too much. Rather the issue lies in what people are doing on their phones.

To be honest I don’t think that social media or technology are the root problem. In fact, the real enemy is the first word in the title, Mindlessly. Being on my phone and on social media has helped keep me connected to people that I would have lost touch with if I didn’t have it. It also helps me stay up to date on what is going on in the world and when used critically can even help me understand what’s going on. Neither of these are the issue here, the issue is that I, and many others go on their phone and on autopilot go to Instagram, Facebook, or a different social media app. I actually just did it while writing that sentence. I didn’t mean to, I was actually just checking the time, but mindlessly I just pressed the buttons I always do. I took this moment though to look at my apps, and there are a few though that I really do only use mindlessly, and so in the spirit of this article I deleted them and hopefully I’ll keep them off my phone. Maybe the biggest battle is to just stay mindful of mindlessness.

Personally, I’ve noticed a trend. When I’m particularly busy or doing things with friends these mindless actions occur less and less. Maybe that’s the solution then; focus on doing other things that keep me busy and mindful rather than trying to not be mindless. It’s easy to blame the things in our lives for our problems, but maybe it’s time to look at ourselves instead.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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The Life Behind The Screen

How often do we, look at someone's social media and immediately feel envy for what they have because of what they've posted?

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We live in an era where social media dominates the greater part of our everyday lives. It's such a common occurrence to post about your life on social media. We pay attention to our followers, the number we have, the interactions our posts get, and so on. With being so invested in social media, we also get very caught up in the "lives" of the people that we are following. We may see an Instagram model, and then we immediately wish to be as pretty as them, or that we have their clothes, or could pull off their hair color. We look at the "perfect" couples that post all of their artsy pictures, and envy them for the love that they have. We set them as this impossible standard for our own relationships, and are dissatisfied when our love life doesn't seem to compare to theirs. We view people that get to travel to beautiful countries, and feel instant jealousy because we might not get to travel the way that they do.

Here's the tea that I'm about to spill for you; the life we see portrayed by that person on social media isn't always the same behind the screen. When you look at that Instagram model, you probably don't realize that she is struggling to support her passion, she has to travel and miss college just to keep her job, we don't read all of the hate messages she receives because people don't like the clothes that she wears, or the industry she represents. That perfect couple that you envy because your relationship will never be as good as theirs, the truth is that they face struggles too. I know, what a concept, their relationship isn't always rainbows and butterflies, they fight, and argue, but we can't tell that from their social media. Those people that get to travel the world, going to beautiful places, and doing all of the things you could only dream of; you may not know that they had to have prescription medication to handle their anxiety just so that they could get on their plane.

On your screen all of the people seem to lead perfect lives. Their social media is tailored to portray all of the positive things that are happening in their lives, but then that leads us to believe that we have to lead perfect lives all of the time. However, this to me raised a very valid question. Why are we so quick to flock to the people who lead these "perfect" lives, but are so quick to judge the people that aren't afraid to show the struggles that they are facing. We have put such a negative stigma around being open about our daily struggles that we as a society feel the pressure to lead perfect lives all the time and that's just not how that works. Life isn't always good, we're human, we face heartbreak, we cry and scream, and have fears. Why is it that when we express, the not pretty part of life, people are so quick to say that we are just asking for attention.

Please remember that there is a real life behind the post on the screen. Be kind, don't just assume because someone is brave enough to admit their life isn't perfect, that they are just begging for attention.


Just remember what we see on the screen isn't always what it seems. I'm so thankful that Riley Dacus brought this to so many people's attention.Riley Dacus

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