Let's be honest, we all do it. We all scroll through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and even watch our friend's Snapchat stories when we get 'bored' subconsciously ignoring the world around us. The phrase 'picture or it didn't happen' is becoming more of something to live by than a silly saying that once started as a joke. I am very much so also a victim of this world social media has taken over, but it's time we put down our phones and start living again.
Social media has taken over. The moment someone is unhappy with a person, or a business and bashes them on social media, that person/ business' reputation is more than likely shot. You could post absolutely anything online and people would eat it up. You could have people around the world ripping you apart in a matter of minutes because of a status update someone posting in a moment of anger. We're consumed in the things we find outrageous around the world that we're paying little to no attention to the things actually happening around us.
Many of us were overly consumed in the fact that a gorilla was killed to save a little boys life. One person made a comment blaming the parents, which started a enormous amount of bashing on these poor parents, comments from around the world from people who weren't there that day, or even knew the parents at all. While writing these posts on Facebook, possibly ignoring their own children, and the beautiful life that is going on around them.
We're also over whelmed with ridiculous small details, instead of picking a presidential candidate that will be fit to run our country, we're bashing runners like Trump for his awful orange tan, and acting almost as immature as he does making fun of people. Where is this getting us? We're ignoring the important things and magnifying the little things.
I grew up and big moments were captured on video camera, such as a child's first time walking, or their first parade, a picture was taken, or a small video, and the moment was enjoyed. To find any of my baby pictures, you either have to look in a photo album, or in a box of pictures, today pictures are so available through smart phones, cameras, etc. That we're always taking pictures, (which don't get me wrong, I love pictures to capture a memory) but we're spending too much time taking pictures, and not for ourselves, but to show off to our friends on Facebook, or to update our snapchat story, or our Instagram with a clever caption, but we've stopped enjoying the moment. Next time you go somewhere like the beach, or to watch fireworks, look around and see how many people are holding up their phones capturing the moment to show all of their friends how much fun they're having, and then notice the few people enjoying the moment, and you'll realize this too.
Social media has completely taken over our society, and it has become so powerful that it would be hard to take back. This doesn't mean you have to log off all of your social media sites, and delete your Facebook account, but don't forget about the real world you live in. Truly enjoy the beautiful days, enjoy the rain, the flowers, the ocean, your friends and family, the food you're eating. Take less pictures, stop updating your Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram every time you're out or doing something fun. Put your phone down and truly enjoy the moment, and take our lives back from social media.