I love social media. I’m pretty introverted and grew up a shy person. Once MySpace and livejournal came along I found this new way to express myself I never had before. Put me in a big group of people and I might just sit back, observe and laugh but put me on twitter and I can bust out a snarky witty status with confidence. I love getting to meet and connect with so many people. I love that I haven’t really missed a moment of my nephew’s life because there’s text messaging, Instagram, and a Facebook album dedicated totally to 100’s of pictures of his face. I love tumblr and to blog. To be able to share my story and read other’s. I also met my boyfriend online so I owe a lot to the internet.
I don’t always like social media. Sometimes I notice myself posting things to get a little attention. I go and look at profiles of relationships past. I get worked up over people who are no longer in my life when I really don’t have to. I compare myself. I sometimes feel like my life isn’t cool enough. I wanna scream sometimes at the ignorant statuses people post on Facebook and sometimes my skin crawls at the status wars I witness.
I noticed a few people mention today they needed to step back from social media and it stuck with me. I will always defend it for what it’s good for, you can ask anyone. But in the past few days when I find myself getting worked up over people’s opinions on the recent celebrity scandals is when I have to take a step back myself. The internet has given us so much opportunity to speak our mind and I am not downplaying anyone’s voice in anyway. But just because the rest of the world wants to weigh in on the NFL or leaked photos, I don’t always have to.
It’s not my job to try and change anyones’s opinion. I don’t have to keep obsessing over what a former friend is doing.
I have had it pointed out to me on tumblr before that I very much control this world. Unfollowing people is okay. Blocking people who you don’t need in your life is fine. Deleting different accounts or taking a step back is okay too.
I like my social media to be light hearted. I like using Facebook to connect with my family and posting statuses that are only serious 10% of the time. I like tumblr to stay connected, be inspired, and put my thoughts out there. I enjoy expressing myself through photos on Instagram. I enjoy twitter so very much.
Just reminding myself that I don’t have to always be frustrated with this social bubble. I am allowed to control it. I can keep things light hearted. I can take a step back. I can be super engaged. It’s all my choice what I do with it.