So, I asked myself…on an average day, where does my time go? And honestly, more than I would like goes into a rather excessive use of all types of social media. It has become a time filler where any free five minutes automatically result into scooping out our phone and seeing what the world is upto. I love the fact that I can keep in touch with my good friends and family scattered all over the world, that too in such a convenient way. But, are we becoming lazy? Just because you saw your friend’s Singapore trip pictures, do you really know what is going on in her life? We complain that our generation hides behind barries of communication…like texting, for example. But, are we bringing this upon ourselves? Has double-tapping someone’s picture become a way of conveying your interest in them? What happened to face-to-face conversation and engaging someone in the most humanly way possible?
I believe we are responsible for this epidemic and if we want to cultivate genuine human interaction, then that is upto us. Now, do not expect me to say that I am going to fall off the face of this planet and deactivate every account I have. Let’s start with baby steps. So, this past week, I made a decision to delete my Snapchat app. My thought process was a lot like this… “Does everyone really need to know I am eating this, or going here, or what my weekend plans are?” That voice in the back of my head was not acting as little anymore…with a resounding NO. When you look at Snapchat’s app in your app store, the slogan says, “Share a moment.” Well, here is food for thought: maybe the only people you should share a moment with are the ones there with you?
Some of my friends are feeling the withdrawal effects already since I am notorious for capturing those rare hilarious moments… and even I do miss re-hashing the sometimes fuzzy details of the party the night before. Although, I must say it was quite liberating. I do not have an aching urge to know what my best friend from back home was doing on Friday or Saturday because I would rather call her up and have her tell me…even if she is laughing hysterically and I can not understand half of what she is saying. I want to go back to the time where “catching up” meant actually having things to talk about because you do not have the simple access to every detail of their life. Therefore, this was my first step. As a social media lover, you have to give me a little credit. I urge you to think about where to find the balance as well. Selfies and check-ins aside, do you feel that you are hindering yourself in truly connecting with those that are new in your life and maybe unconsciously distancing your close loved ones? Are you sharing too much? And most importantly, are you living your life for yourself? This was the beginning of my #SocialMediaChallenge2015, what’s yours?