Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to live in a world of no social media. No photos to filter, no tweets to construct and no relationship status to update. Interesting thought. Social media does have its benefits, though. It gives writers a stage to express, teenagers have a space to release emotions, old friends a chance to reconnect, comedians have a platform, musicians can network and the list goes on. But is it all too much?
From a young adult standpoint, it is not the social media that is “too much”; it is the level of unrealistic falsehoods. I find more and more that there is this stigma of having to prove your self-worth via social media. And it is scary. Most of us are conforming and molding into the same angles due to a lack of creativity and vision. Our appearance, personalities, values, beliefs, etc. should not be proven through a tweet, picture, snap chat, or status. These things should be proven through actions, words, taking initiative and creativity.
Yes, we all enjoy tweeting, Instagramming, snapchatting and everything in between. And we should always encourage each other to express our own thoughts and lifestyles. But there is a difference between displaying the person you rightly are, and fronting to be a person you are not. Hopefully one day we can stop the phase of having to “prove” the kind of person we pretend to be and our self-worth via social media. It is a bottomless pit.
“Don’t use social media to impress people; use it to impact people.” – Dave Willis