Social media can be a drug. For years, we've enjoyed the rush of watching television or listening to the radio, but there's nothing like the high from getting personal validation online. It's incredible, we can be or do anything online.
Social media is set up to make us believe we're doing something meaningful, that we're doing our part. I put the French flag as my profile picture, my job is done. I commented on some friend's art, my social interaction for the day is complete. I posted a photo I took 5 seconds ago, my art piece has gone out into the world. We can so easily believe we are actually doing work or contributing to the world.
Many of us wake up to this fact fairly quickly. We all have that friend who is the most obnoxious person online who makes you realize the monster you could easily become. You have to rise above. You have to delete your account.
"I've decided the internet is too fake, too overwhelming, too cruel. I'm going to take a break from all social media for a while, text me if you need anything."
You want everyone to know that you finally took a stand. You want everyone to so see that you broke the addiction that many couldn't dream of breaking.
The internet just beat you. You just let social media win.
I think many of us have in the back of our minds that this whole thing is just going to go away, it's going to all come crashing down and we'll go back to regular human interaction. Social media (we need to find a new term) is the modern communication platform, the new telephone, the new television, the new newspaper, and the new radio. It certainly is overwhelming, but ejecting from it is only going to make your life unnecessarily difficult.
You have to tame it.
Just like you can't watch TV all day, why should you be able to just scroll in the middle of a work day? How is it any different? It just feels more satisfying in the moment.
It's not social media's fault you can't focus. Social media isn't distracting you in the middle of writing your paper. You are allowing yourself to be distracted.
Life is getting harder and harder to live without the internet, why completely disconnect when it is essential? It's all about disciplining yourself. Could you imagine if 15 years ago you just decided to quit using telephone because you talked on it too much?
Don't let the internet win.
Post your photo on Instagram, close it out.
Link your political article on Facebook. "X" out that tab.
Snap your chat. Boom. Done.
Reply to important messages. Sign "Love, Will"
Retweet Kanye. Move on.
"Subscribe" to Will Malone's Youtube Channel. High five the nearest person.
You just beat social media.