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Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Snapchat. The list of social media websites grows bigger by the day- some naturally more popular than others. Of course, I’m a member of all of the above, among more. As a blogger, when I don’t have the time to post here on my blog, I’m always updating my pages and sharing my daily life. But there are times when I wonder- is it all too much?
Imagine standing at a concert in a huge stadium, surrounded by thousands upon thousands of people. The band/singer appears on stage, and the crowd goes wild. You reach for your camera to capture the moment- and so does everyone else. Some times when I come home from these gigs, and flick through photos to reminisce, I notice how almost every single person has a camera or a phone in their hand. It makes me sad some times that we feel the need to live life through a lens, rather than living in the moment. Of course, a few snaps are always great to look back on, but surely recording the entire experience is besides the point?
I may not have as big of a following as some other bloggers do, but with a social media following in the thousands overall, naturally I do recieve a few comments every day. If its not a tweet, it’s a facebook message from a friend. If it’s not a snapchat, it’s scrolling hopelessly through instagram. The internet is one of the main causes of procrastination without doubt. There are times when I wish I could just shut it all off whilst studying or doing homework, but quite frankly, I’m obsessed, and it appears many other teenagers are too. Suddenly one minute of scrolling turns into hours of watching Youtube videos, and no ‘real’ work done.
I guess what I’m trying to say here is- what is it all for? Don’t get me wrong, social media is amazing for making new friends and keeping up to date with the latest news. But you can’t get all those hours back. I’m not telling people to delete all their social media accounts, but I’m definitely encouraging myself to take a step back some time. To log out of twitter, to switch off the internet, to put my phone down at concerts, every now and then.
I’d love to know your thoughts on the social media obsesion- leave your comments below, and let me know how you like to switch off!
– Rachel x