I feel the more and more I put myself down the rabbit hole of social media the worse my mental status becomes. Having to see people with perfect lives and perfect faces just start to rot away thinking this is the normality when it is far from the truth.
Going to events and seeing people with their imperfections just brings joy. It shows that we are all collectively imperfect and that is okay. Perfection is something that is ambiguous but it feels like there is one when you look at social media with their various trends.
Making content on social media lures you into the black hole of social media. The addictive scrolls of TikTok draw you in and you find yourself hours on it. There is so much content out there in the world that there is not enough time in the world to finish it. We feel learning all this new stuff will be useful to us and some actually might but it is only a very small portion. What this has taught me is that we need to be meaningful in what we look for. Staying away from unnecessary social media use stops us from using it for boredom. It kills away time we can better use in other places. Even going out for a walk or sleeping is a better way of using your time than constantly being on these social platforms.
It has also warped my reality of finances. You see so many courses and people eating lavishly. The reality is that these people are probably paying more than they can and ending up in a lot of debt. This is a big issue of overspending in this era of social media. We feel like we need to do the next big thing or activity when in reality we can be comfortable doing what we can do. It is okay to explore and see what is out there but only when we have the means. It is controlling this urge that is important.
Coming out of the pandemic has made it difficult for us to think there is a world outside our homes. Some days I wake up and just wish to sit inside. I know it does me no good. Going to a cafe or library results in a lot of return on investment in time than staying at home.
We have this idea that being on social media we need to stay in contact with everyone and everything. We really do not. You can just have a conversation with that person and they will tell you. We are in an era where we feel we need to know more about a person first before they tell us. This reduces our ability to illicit intrigue. I do agree it can give talking points for conversation however, some people do deep searching for everything.
Deep searching about people may leave you disappointed. A lot of people’s lives are online but it is a portrayal they want others to see. Although there may be an overlap of how they are online and in real life, they are not the same. A person in real life has a lot more complex and ambiguous than what they make themselves seem to be.
I think we need to reflect and monitor our view of social media. It is so easy to feel warped into thinking everyone's life is better but staying away from social media and speaking to real people allows you to know that people are going through rubbish times just like you.