Ok. Deep breath. I’m going to say it out loud: I love social media. I love the crap out of it.
Sure sometimes people get petty or post annoying things but honestly I find even that a little intriguing.
I find myself subconsciously checking snapchat several times a day, if I follow you, you’ll probably see me looking at your snaps multiple times. I sometimes wonder why all of the photos in my Instagram feed look familiar and then realize it’s because I just checked it three minutes ago. I watch YouTube videos like they’re my favorite shows (because they kind of are).
And I honestly don’t think social media is as evil as some would have you believe but I also don’t think I should be engaging in a half assed staring contest with my iPhone every five minutes hoping for new posts. As I’m sure everyone else has experienced, sometimes other people’s posts just make you feel crappy about yourself.
Oh you bought a house? Cool. I found a family of cockroaches living in my coffee maker* so I have a residence and pets. Oh you got married? Great. I bought a white dress on sale once…ok it was cream. Oh you had a baby? Well. Shut up.
So this optimism goal is to calm down a little bit on social media. I’m not saying I’m going to give it up, just that I will:
1. Only look at it when I am consciously making the choice to fully engage
2. Not take away from other activities or social interactions by checking it
3. Use significantly more time to study and do enriching life activities**
4. Put down the phone/laptop when I start to feel negativity
So who’s with me, friends?
Best of luck.
*this is not a drill, that happened. No I will not tell you more about it. You do not want me too. It’s been handled.
**like bake! Ugh, or study for my certification exams, whatever