Living For The Likes: My Fear For Our Generation And The Future.

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 removing myself completely, but social media does have it’s pro’s; 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.

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Things I learned from Fangirl

After reading Fangirl (written by Rainbow Rowell) I feel I learnt a few things about life and also that it’s a great book that everyone should read, young or old.

FANGIRL

Family is family no matter what;

No matter what shit you go through with your family, when it comes down to the important stuff you or them will always come to the rescue. That’s the thing about family, the love is always there wether we choose to show it or not.

When Cath and Wren go through rough patches and months of not talking, they are always brought back together by something important.

These important things keep them from parting to the point of no return and show that no matter what has happened, they are sisters and thats a strong enough bond to survive anything.

Growing up is optional;

Yes, to a certain extent we all have to grow up and mature, but that doesn’t mean letting go of things that we have loved through our childhood.

Cath writes Fanfiction about the Simon Snow book/film series and continues it to a certain extent throughout her college life, she goes through a lot of writers block and self-doubt about her fiction writing course, but her Fanfiction helps her through in the end.

Finishing her Simon Snow story before the Author published her book was keeping her from focusing on her work, she needed to complete her Fanfic before she could focus her mind on other work.

This doesn’t mean that fanfic is over for her, I think she will always do it, but not to the extent that she did with her Carry On Simon.

It’s ok to be a little weird;

Being normal is boring and if I were normal I would probably have already completely lost my mind.

It’s ok to have little quirks, they are what make you, you.

Everyone has things that they go crazy for that they can’t explain, everyone has their obsessions and without them we would all just be empty shells, with no personality, no differences and we would all be the same.

The things we desire in people are their differences, so it’s more than ok to be different, it’s necessary.

There was one thing about Cath’s character that made me feel a little less crazy and that was her battles with anxiety. I saw a lot of myself in some of the moments where she had social anxiety and didn’t go to the dining hall for ages, so she was living on protein bars.


This book is awesome and I recommend it to everyone.

Buy it here.

Love you all,

XOXO

Hannah.