Hello, I know it’s been forever, but my first year at university is finished now and I am in a much better place than I was before.
This post is about the realisation that I had which led me to delete my Facebook account and create a new, more private profile with much less sharing of, well, everything.
Last year I got to thinking about how advanced technology has become and how social media couldn’t be any less social if it tried to be. People spend a sufficient amount of time on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc. every day. We see pictures of their daily life and it looks like they’re having fun, but the reality is that people are living their lives for these pictures and these likes instead of really living.
People today focus more on getting the perfect shot of a sunset for Instagram rather than actually sitting and taking in that lovely view of the sunset for themselves. They are more interested in gaining likes on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc. than being liked in real life.
Are we all seriously just living for likes? Is that what our generation has come to?
Sometimes I wish I could remember more of what life was like before social media, back when the only time people took photos was for their photo albums and scrapbooks, to share with their close friends and not every single acquaintance on their Facebook friends list.
Gone are the days when memories were sacred and personal; when people would share their holiday pictures over a cup of tea and talk about all the amazing places they visited in these photos. Now it’s all about likes.
We do not need other people to validate whether our memories are relevant through how many likes they get on Facebook. Pictures are personal, life is sacred, we overshare and over care about what other people think of our lives.
That’s why I don’t use Facebook the way I used to, I’d rather keep my holiday photos, birthdays and other memories sacred and share them with the people whom these memories actually mean something to.
I’m not removing myself completely because social media does have its pros; It’s great to catch up with people that are hard to reach, friends and family across the world, but if these people live in close proximity to you, what’s stopping you from actually interacting with them in real life and sharing your photos and memories in person?
Let’s not let the digital world take over our real world.
XOXO – TFH.