Two months ago, I deleted almost all of my social media accounts.
That’s right, deleted them. Shocking right?
Today’s generation is obsessed with tweeting, tagging, snap chatting, insta-gramming, and any other variation of random verbs that end in -ing. I’ll admit, I had my fair share of obsessive behavior regarding social media. In fact, it got to the point where I literally said “retweet” as a form of agreement during in-person conversations.
I wanted to be present and stay in the moment.
So, in an attempt to actually pay attention to the world around me, I deleted my Instagram and Snapchat.
Why, you may ask? Let me give you a quick example. During the spring of 2014, I traveled to Europe with some of my closest friends. We toured Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. It’s astonishing how much time we all spent on our phones and cameras – I think I focused more time and energy looking at the amazing view of the Swiss Alps through my camera lens than actually appreciating the beauty that was right in front of me. I was obsessed with the idea of capturing this beauty. All so I could document it on my Instagram profile and show my followers how picturesque the town of Vienna was, well, a slightly edited version of Vienna. Nothing major. Just a touch of altered brightness and contrast, a splash of an Instagram filter, and a random camera flare added in the corner. The usual.
I’m a lot less stressed.
So by deleting my social media accounts, I was able to stay in the moment and be more appreciative of my surroundings instead of my iPhone screen. And I must say, not stressing about how many likes I’m getting on Instagram or how cool and funny my Snapchat Story is, has been quite refreshing. Sure, sometimes I miss out on inside jokes or pretty pictures, but now I don’t feel the need to compare my life to other peoples’ based on their social media posts. So if Becky posts a 5 minute Snapchat Story of her 21st birthday that I wasn’t invited to, I wouldn’t even know. Because jokes on you Becky, I deleted my Snapchat! Sorry Becky, you can’t make me feel left out anymore and show off all your cool friends and parties and clothes because YOUR CLOTHES ARE UGLY AND I DON’T CARE AND –
I’m sorry. Moving on.
Social media is definitely an important part of our generation. People are able to stay in touch with long distance friends, meet people online with similar interests, and share new ideas and stories. Heck, a lot of careers nowadays are fully dependent on social media for things like marketing and promotional activity.
But what’s so special about social media anyway? Why is it so addicting?
We can all admit that we are all social media obsessed and it kinda sucks but honestly memes are the silver lining I die at least 12x a day
— kristine giurco (@kristinegiurco) February 13, 2017
Well, true. Or dare I say it… retweet.