Even though my life is basically consumed by social media nowadays, I am aware of how toxic it is. And you, even if you really love using it, should be, too. Just because everyone’s using social media and it’s become normalized in the daily life, doesn’t mean that everything is fine and dandy about it.
Invariably, the line between a “like” and feeling ranked becomes blurred. It affects too many people too much just seeing how many likes they get and how much attention they get just for how they look.
This is not how self-love is supposed to be working. Not anything ever should be determined by the number of likes you get on a picture on a platform where everyone else just posts pictures of themselves because that’s all they care about.
Seeing all those seemingly perfect lives and bodies on Instagram, of course, it would be affecting body image and confidence by comparison and obsessive thinking.
What people share online is dwarfed by what they consume. It can be a bit too much to overshare what is happening in your life or even oversharing smaller details. Not essentially personal events. But it has become a normality to share a little too much online. But then again, how does one define too much?
Who the fuck are you and why are we even “friends”?
Facebook statuses and tweets and all that jazz just decrease personal conversation and connection. Because we’re simply lazy. Why not tell everyone at once by posting a status? Meh. You’ll rely on your feed to keep in touch with what people are up to.
No calls, not even texts, just a dismissive like. As if they were part of your life when you actually don’t talk at all. That’s kind of really sad if you think about it.
Unsocial beings. Sigh.
The need to check your phone for notifications while being out with your loved ones or friends is just ridiculous. You’re hanging out with people. Do you really have to text all those other people back while you’re supposed to be having quality time? Or even have the urge to check your phone for messages?
Anonymity: Blessing, but more so a curse.
People online mask their identities and can abuse it this way. They’ll do as they please. They think they won’t have to fear any consequences. Shaming, trolling, gossiping, all that annoying stuff. Yeah, no.
I try my best with digital detoxes these days because sometimes, while using too much of social media, I feel like I’m slowly disconnecting with the real world while being sucked into the digital world.
I don’t even take walks and look at trees anymore. Instead, my eyes are on a screen that I hold in my hand and for what? Does it really make me feel more alive? Probably not.
Does it really make me feel better about myself? Probably not.
It’s not the tools that are at fault, but the way that they’re used. It’s only toxic because of the way we abuse it, especially how we reoccur to it when we’re bored.