I've never really been into social media. I've never been active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. I realised early on that I wasn't interested in other people's social trivia. I'm also a low-key person in real life, so the idea of putting my life story online just doesn't appeal to me.
Nowadays, my social media usage doesn't extend beyond a few forums, and even then, I tend to dip in and out. I like the fact that my social media use is minimal. I don't feel the fear of missing out, nor do I feel compelled to generate new content all the time.
I think if I were more active across social media, I'd be worse off. The cumulative information overload that arises from trying to juggle several social platforms would be overwhelming enough.
I believe that my strict limiting of social media is the reason why I don't really experience the negative feelings commonly associated with it. I don't come away from social media feeling more anxious, overwhelmed, envious, stressed, worthless etc, because my online presence is limited and my investment is minimal.
But I want to know about your experience with social media. Be honest with yourself: how often do you come away from social media feeling worse than you did before you logged in?
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Never? It's purely functional for me, I don't buy into all this measuring my life against other people's lives etc. I understand the mechanics of how people can come away feeling worse, anxious and so on, I just can't relate it to anything.
As much as I'd like to delete all my social media and chill out, I know I couldn't.
I use instagram the most and I have thousands of followers so I always feel like I HAVE to keep everyone updated with what I do. I don't think I've ever clicked off the app feeling happy lol. Most felt feelings are probably jealousy and depressed. People tend to highlight and upload the best parts of their life. Doesn't necessarily mean everything is perfect. It's funny how even knowing That, I will still feel a bit mehhh after using instagram.
Never. Because I don’t care about other people’s lives (or better said portrayed lives when it comes to social media), I’m living my own.