During my second year of middle school I was introduced to the world of social media. I typed my name in, chose a password, and started answering questions. After adding a few pictures, I felt like I was ready to go. Over the years I saw the numbers on my friends list increase. Sometimes, I’d even go through and purge the list to feel more “authentic”. Almost ten years later, I’m sick of it. Why do I have this virtual world of friends? Sure, I know everyone on my friends’ list. Yet, I wonder how can I claim to truly care about someone when the effort I put into the relationship is typing in my password, clicking on their name, then typing “How are you?” What kind of friend am I when my mind is tired and I get sick of talking to someone I type “gtg” and I’m done? People claim this to be a way to keep up the communication with their friends. Yet, I have to ask why do we really have these accounts?
I’ve quit the whole shenanigan. I’m done with the so-called friends list. And not all that surprisingly, I have some free time. I spend more time talking with the people I see on the shuttle and my friends at the coffee shop. I’ve even taken up painting. The freedom in quitting such a frivolous hobby has taken a weight off of my shoulders. Imagine a life where you just enjoy the moment, and don’t feel the need to post and boast about it to everyone. I feel like I can breathe again.
Life is beautiful, and I feel so sorry to have wasted so much time. I will not say that all social media is a waste of time for every person. However, if you find yourself going to check on a friend’s page because they have been sick and you want to make sure their okay, then hours later are still logged in, searching through friends pictures and statuses. Maybe, just maybe, you could take a break from it. Don’t use it for a day or even a week. See what happens. What could you be doing with your free time that you spend in front of the computer looking at your high school classmates’ photos, wondering if they’re still all they claimed they’d be? Just a challenge, please do not feel the need to accept it. I’d be willing to bet though, that by taking a step back, you’d realize you spend more time than is probably healthy scanning peoples’ walls. I know for me, this change, while difficult at first, has given my life a boost of energy.