I like to think that blogs are places that people can be themselves, and that we don’t always have to think of something clever to say, or something that others are dying to know or read. That’s what I’ve always liked about blogs, the ability to write about anything and everything. I’ve never understood this whole ‘monetization’ of blogs, and I wish that blogs were more like they were when I was a kid - somewhere to just talk about your day or put a short story out there. Now it’s about knowledge and the latest news.
Well, I’m not trying to trash on blogs. However, I’ve recently begun to discover just how much the world has changed since I was a kid. I have been working towards this kind of thing - putting my creative work out into the world - for over a decade now, and I realized that I’ve been on social media for over a decade as well. Since I was twelve years old, I have been on social media, and I’m going to turn twenty-four in less than a month.
I’ve learned a lot from my days on social media. But what is the biggest thing I’ve learned? The biggest thing I’ve learned from social media is that the world is a bitter and cruel place if you have opinions that contradict or don’t align with others’. I remember being bullied by ADULTS on Facebook when I was a child, younger than teen years (in my tweens). That, in my opinion, is completely unacceptable.
I recently watched a TEDx talk about social media, and I’ve been delving down into research about social media vs our mental state and mental health. I’ve had many mental health issues in my life due to illnesses passed down from genetics, as well as crippling grief and fear. But as I watched this certain TEDx talk, I realized that social media is anything but good for me. I always thought it was a way to get my things and creations out there. Now I realize - as the man in the Talk referenced - that social media is little more than a slot machine at Las Vegas casinos.
I’ve been addicted to social media, and I never even knew. I had no idea what it was doing to me, and I had no idea how much it was destroying. But as I write this, I have been off of social media for less than twenty-four hours, and I already feel significantly better. I feel better about myself, and my self-image has risen considerably. I suppose it’s human nature to compare ourselves to others, but it’s not healthy with social media because we aren’t designed to compare ourselves to or be with our friends twenty-four-seven. But that’s what I was doing, and it has destroyed many things in my life, including my self-esteem.
I’ve decided to turn away from social media, and so I am currently in the process of doing that. It’s scary to be on the Internet with people that were your friends in real life, but end up saying cruel things that can’t be taken back on something like Facebook or Tumblr. I’ve never understood that.
But I’m trying to eliminate those things from my life entirely.
So…where will I be able to advertise things, like my art, writing, music, and other things? I don’t know, at the moment. But I’d rather do it anywhere other than Instagram.
I’ve decided that I’d rather be a person out there in world who is living…rather than being just another person who can’t stop pulling that lever at the slot machine in Vegas.