Have you ever considered deleting all social media? | The Tylt
Have you ever considered deleting all social media?
What does social media do, exactly? Not, like, the basic functions, obviously, but for the betterment of society? The answer to that is not a lot (if anything at all). What it has given us, though, is a large amount of mental health issues and upcoming generations that have no idea how to maintain eye contact for more than two seconds.
Even those that grew up during a time without social media have felt its negative impact. You scroll through Facebook or Instagram or even LinkedIn for a wee bit, and you instantly feel as if your life is over at 22 because everyone else seems to have the perfect job, body, and significant other. Although deep down you realize each of those updates is most likely false, you still can’t help a little self-comparison: Tammy’s got abs at the Bahamas, and you have a light dusting of Doritos on your shirt collar.
The worse part of it is, you just can’t stop. You get on your phone for what you think is going to be a brief Google search, only to realize it’s suddenly five in the morning and you’re on your crush’s ex’s cousin’s profile page. Worse part is, you can't even remember how you got there in the first place.
For the sake of yourself (and your love of Doritos), it's best to drop social media all together. If you’ve done this already, or know someone who has, you’ll be familiar with the sweet feeling of release and relief this deletion has afforded you. Cutting yourself off from a world that's obsessed with some D-list celebrity's Twitter feed can only lead to stability. And you won’t have to hate-like Tammy’s posts anymore.
Social media isn’t all bad. In fact, one may argue that it’s quite good. It’s given lonely people the opportunity to connect with others and establish their own communities where they feel they belong; it’s allowed for people to explore different facets of life they’ve never even heard of before; and it’s given some a chance to reconnect with others from their past they previously thought were gone for good. What’s so negative about that?
So what if you get a little rush out of a meaningless like? It’s innocent enough. That’s not to say that people don’t take that rush to an extreme, but hey, if you like someone and they double-tap on that thirst trap you set for them on Instagram, then by all means, feel good about yourself!
Plus, human interaction won’t go away as long as there’s, you know, humans around. It’s in our nature to want company in the non-virtual sense. It’s all a matter of balance, and ensuring your social media intake is kept at a healthy level.
As far as we know, social media is here to stay. As time moves forward, people will learn how to deal with whatever negative impact social media may have, the same way people have learned how to deal with any sort of trial thrown at humanity. People are a lot savvier than they’re given credit for.