In honor of social media day today, I’ve decided that this is the prime time to revive this post.
I’d like to start a conversation about social media.
In all honesty, it’s rather shocking that this topic hasn’t come up yet in the two years that I’ve run this blog.
Social media is a completely wonderful, fascinating, and terrifying thing. It’s amazing how instantaneously we can share bits and pieces of our lives with others, and there’s so many ways to go about doing that as well. Without the creation of the Internet, or WordPress, I wouldn’t even be starting a public conversation online right here and right now.
Social media is not exactly a necessity, although many might think now that it is. Our modern day world has grown so dependent and accustomed to having the ability to connect with others within minutes. I feel like we, as a young generation, but also everyone in today’s age as a whole, often forget that only a mere twenty years ago social media barely even existed.
I’m unsure if it even was a term back then.
Anyways, while social media has many benefits and can be used in so many helpful ways, it’s not always a good thing.
Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, and other social media sites can consume you.
You are NOT defined by a follower count, or who or how many people like your picture.
It honestly doesn’t matter. It does not matter in the slightest. It’s so hard, especially as teenagers, to realize and accept that. I know that I personally have struggled with this, and it doesn’t matter.
Social media should not consume you. You shouldn’t base your life on a
number of people that are your so called ‘friends’. Who cares if someone ignores your photo? It’s bound to happen to everyone at some point.
Social media can spread false and hurtful messages. If people do not pay as much attention to you through social media than your neighbor, that does not make you any less of a person.
However, I am not saying through all of this that social media is bad. Don’t see this in that light.
So much good has come from social media. Lives have been saved, friendships renewed, people connected, and God introduced to some who otherwise might have not been so fortunate.
Social media has changed the world, and it currently is revolutionizing it. It is a wonderful, wonderful way of connecting people around the world and an abundant resource of quick factual knowledge at one’s fingertips.
Simply, take this as a cautious warning against getting too caught up in the back alleys of social media, and realize that social media really doesn’t matter. God has given us this life on earth, so treasure it.
Jesus is the one who matters, and not the number of strangers you are connected with through social media.
Don’t let social media define you. If you find it becoming to much of a focus on your life, or realize that it’s on the top of your priority list, take a break.
Delete the app, delete your account, or let it go for a month. Consider whatever it takes. Maybe you’d be blessed to take a fast from your social media, and become more dependent on God in the time away. Refocus and reenergize.
Love others and yourself. Don’t hold bitter feelings toward another because they don’t like your photo on Facebook. Worded that way, it seems very petty. In reality, there are more people out there than you’d think who struggle with that type of insecurity and those feelings. Depression and suicidal emotions have been evoked due to such insecurities.
It is with God and personal experience in mind that I share this, and I pray that I will stray from caring too much about social media and others opinions. I’m working on finding my way (with God’s help) past that. Pray that I would have strength to focus on Jesus, and reevaluate my priorities.
What is your viewpoint on social media?
How has it affected your life either positively, negatively, or both?
Please do share, I’d love to pray for you, and I’d like to start a conversation about social media.