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Happy Thursday! I hope you are all doing really well. Can you believe how fast September went? There are only a few days left. Today’s post is going to be all about social media and life on social media vs real life. This post has probably been written a million times before but I am hoping that I can put my own spin on it and it is different to posts you have read before. Hope you enjoy and leave your thoughts in the comments below!
Everyone knows that social media has blow up so so BIG throughout the past few years. I don’t know many people who don’t own at least one social media account. It is now at every age range and every single type of person, there is no acception, everyone wants to be part of the action. And can we blame them? Not really, everyone is talking about it, it is all around us, so that slight feeling of being left out can niggle everyone. Social media was designed for people to keep in contact with their friends and family who lived far away or you didn’t see very often. It is nice to see what they have been up to and you can share what you have been doing and you can keep connected without actually seeing them or being with them.
But then we have to face the fact that we have become so immersed in the social media world that sometimes we can find it hard to see the difference between real life and social media. And sometimes personally for me it is like you are living a double life, you share certain parts of your life on social media, normally the best bits and you become a very happy and positive all the time person, which is lovely but not always the full truth. We never share when we are feeling sad or when we have had a sh** day because we don’t want everyone else to know that. We portray this image of a practically perfect life and we don’t want anyone to see anything else. Even though if we all think about it, life is full of ups and downs and everyone goes through the patches of amazing highs and low lows.
The average person will spend more than five years of their lives on social media, according to a study by influencer marketing agency Mediakix.
That is so so scary to me, if you live to be 90, that is really only 85 because you spent 5 of it on social media. As someone who is in love with social media that makes me think I need to buck my ideas up and put a better perspective on my life. Recently, I have been trying to make some changes, I don’t spend as much time on social media and connect to every free Wifi network on offer and update Snapchat on what I’m up to every 5 minutes. I admit I used to do that all the time and actually it just wasn’t healthy for me to do it anymore. Don’t get me wrong, social media is an amazing thing when used in moderation but can be toxic when used too much.
Sadly, there is always the existing pressure that social media gives all of us, lots of over-editing, facetune and fake things that we can perceive as real. It can make us feel sad because we don’t look a certain way or act a certain way. Yearning after, millions of followers, likes and comments when actually none of that matters. Everyone is a real person, remember who you are and your worth because it doesn’t matter what people put up on social media or hat image we all portray because everyone has bad bits of their lives, so don’t feel like you are ever alone. That is another reason why social media is actually sometimes quite great because there are lots of lovely people who talk about their personal issues such as mental health etc and when people see these, they can have chats with others and feel like they can connect with people who are similar to them and who get them.
Personally, I think like lots of things social media is all about balance, social media can be amazing, I mean I would never have this blog without it and it is such a great thing but also it can be too much, it can cause pressure and mental health issues so not spending too much time on there is better for you. Obviously, it is personal choice for what you do,as long as you use social media in a positive way and be the best person you can be on and off it. Just remember, you might see lots of posts of people doing amazing things and posting lots of smiley photos but they don’t share the times that life isn’t so great for them and they are just having lazy days. Enjoy social media, it is for you to use to your absolute pleasure and it is so useful, just be careful because sometimes it can be dangerous, if you think something is dodgy don;t do it or speak to them if it is a person. Keep yourself safe.
So that is it for today’s post, I really hope you enjoyed this post. I really wanted to write this post because social media is such a big thing as I said at the start of this post and it is so relevant to me and most of you reading this because of teens it is the ride or die! I hope this post came across well as I want to use my platform in a positive way as it is a form of social media. Thanks so much for reading and have a great rest of your week.