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Social Media Runs Our World, Make It Real And Impactful

Being vulnerable on social media is important.

Social Media Runs Our World, Make It Real And Impactful
Megan Aaron

Social media. The thing that practically runs our world. Some hate it, some love it, and some even earn a living from it. However, social media almost always gets a bad rap for being fake or just 50% of reality. It's "never true" and "not relatable." Everything social media is an impossible and unreachable level of perfection. Therefore it often leaves people playing the comparing game and wishing their life was something different, their closet had different clothes, their scale showed different numbers, or their passport had more stamps.

But if social media really does play such a huge role in our everyday lives and we spend way more time than we think on it, imagine if it WERE real and truthful. Imagine if it were relatable. Imagine if your timeline was full of people who have an occasional pimple, messy bun, and stretch marks. Imagine if it were people sharing their messy lives, their messy pasts, and their messy hearts. What would the impact be?

So I'll share. Before I ever was intentional with social media, I 100% played the comparison game, based my outfits off of girls I followed, and attempted to portray MY life and MY face in the most PERFECT way possible. A couple of years ago, I took to a different approach on social media. Instead of sharing selfie after selfie of myself with captions like "Throwback Thursday" or "Just Smile," I started to story tell. I shared experiences, God moments, downfalls, heartbreak, deep thoughts, hard conversations, and pictures and videos of what I'm ACTUALLY like. I started dancing on social media. Because I dance in REAL life. I started sharing goofy videos cause I'm goofy in REAL life. I started to speak about my Heavenly Father because he's the most important in my REAL life. And while there was always some hate or snarky comments, I genuinely saw more appreciation.

I started to have tough, deep, personal, and lengthy conversations with people instead of surface level one word comments. I started to hear from people saying my silly dancing video made them smile and turned their day around. I was no longer just another filtered over face on social media, I was myself. I was vulnerable and real and it impacted people positively. So imagine if everyone on social media began to share who they REALLY are on social media. Imagine the virtual community we would gain from humans all around the globe. Imagine the positivity, good energy, laughs, and smiles we'd share. The world is already so full of hate, jealousy, and comparison, so maybe take a chance on making the world brighter, in every aspect of your life, including social media.

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