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Thursday, May 29, 2014

My Recent Take on Social Media

Disclaimer: This post is not meant to offend anyone, it is just my personal opinion, but it is also something that I am working on and want to improve on as well. Just a few thoughts for a Thursday.

When you have a blog... you are supposed to share it all. Share the good and the bad and happy and the sad. That being said, I feel like the world we are living in is becoming one huge constant share fest. From the many pictures of mundane things in our lives, to moments that are interrupted by the snapping of a camera flash, it seems like more and more we are not living in the present moment, but living for the moment so that we can share it on the never-ending social media.

Social media has gotten to be such a huge part of our lives, that it is hard to see past it. To understand what those before us ever did before they could share. Yes, there are good parts of social media. People can get answers, connect with those that they would never have been able to, and keep up with each other and the big events in our lives. All those things are great, but over-sharing, in my opinion, is something that needs to be dealt with.

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As individuals we start to constantly compare ourselves to others and for the most part social media has started to have a huge impact on this. We only see the good in others, how much they have, how many vacations they are whisked away on and how good their significant other was to them that day. It is a constant bombardment of greatness. I am all for being positive, and I don't expect it to stop, because that is what we as people want to be remembered for. I just think it is important when we sit behind the computer to remember that these people's lives are not perfect. We all have bad days, awful days even, we all argue, mess up our diets, hate our jobs, have weird families, think we are fat, want to scream at those we love, the list goes on and on. But from the outside it is easy to think everyone else is perfect. I want to always share the good, but I want you to know I have bad days too.

So back to the over-sharing. Let us be present in our lives, let us forgo SnapChatting every moment that we love. Let us snap a photo, but maybe wait until later to post. Let us live in the moment, because that moment actually matters most to those around you and will be best remembered in your own mind. It doesn't really matter the amount of "likes" you get online, but the amount of "life" you fully live.

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