Are You a Social Media Addict?

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Seems  like nowadays everyone is walking around with their heads glued to their phones. If I were to go on the street and ask 15 people how many times do they make posts throughout the day, I probably would have answer of more than 10-20 times. There used to be time where people could actually have a regular conversation with you without there being any distractions. Since the invention of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, conversations in person have pretty much have become nonexistent because many people have become obsessed with getting on social media and make random posts at different times of the day. I just do not understand how some individuals post nonstop all day on social media. Like it really is ridiculous how some people can not let a day go by without getting on social media and post anything. I use to have a bad habit myself of going on Twitter and making tweets about anything that would get me likes. Are we really turning into a society where our only concerns is what app is on our phone. It took me a while to figure out that making tweets on Twitter was not benefiting me because it seemed like I was doing anything to get attention from the people I follow and make myself relevant. Nothing is wrong with posting positive things, but do you really have to post something every 5 minutes. I have literally forced myself to go 6 months without getting on social media and posting anything. It was very difficult for me at first to not get on social media all the time because it had become apart of my daily routine. Some people do not realize that they are social media addicts. A social media addict in my eyes has an obsession with getting on social networks all day and will post consecutively.

It really is ridiculous how many of these individuals do not realize that they have a problem. An addiction, no matter what it is, can destroy a person from the inside out. I know there are people in this world who will stay all day and all night on social media. Being on social media is the new trend as of right now, but how much are you willing to risk to just get people who follow you and don’t care about your well-being, to persuade them to like everything that you post. I really do not get a rise out of posting things on social media because whether or not you like or dislike something I put onto my page, the only opinion who should really matters is mine. People are going to say whatever they want to say about you and there’s nothing you can do about. Social media networks are really getting out of hand because there have been plenty of altercations that have orchestrated online. The “twitter fingers” give some people the confidence or have an alter ego they would never have the guts to possess if you were around them in person. One of the reasons why I can’t get into social media is that there are people who waste their day cyberbullying others. I have no respect for anyone who bullies someone because there are different from them. We all are unique and have our own way of doing certain things. I don’t have time to prove myself to anyone who really does not care about me in the first place. You have to get to a point in your life, do I really care what everyone else is doing, because I know I don’t. I make no attempts to figure out what everyone is doing because its nobody’s business. When you air your own dirty laundry on social media, you can’t get mad if you get scrutinized. If you can air your own dirty laundry on social media, then you should prepare yourself for the backlash you are going to get. If people would just learn how to not reveal too much of their personal life on social media, then they would be better off. Social media really has given too many people the opportunity to act a fool. You will pretty much see any and everything on various social media networks.

I’m sure the creators of these social networks did not intend for their sites to get out of hand, but with every trend that is created some one always has to ruin it by taking matters into their own hands and making it negative. Many people will do anything to get attention, even if it means if they have to degrade themselves. I’m not judging anybody because I’m no better than anyone else, but you can’t allow social media to have control over your life. Being a leader is about not doing what everyone else participates in doing. People can say whatever they want about me because I know that I do not need anyone’s validation to prove that I am a leader. I have had plenty of negative experiences with using social media and I had to learn the hard way that it is not good thing to use something obsessively. It’s so easy for me to say not get on social media, but really it is very challenging. I don’t share anything with you guys that I have not experienced as well because that would just make me a hypocrite. Whether or not you have a lot of followers, what kind of platform are you setting for yourself. If you are creating your social media accounts on negativity, by gossiping or degrading others, then most likely you will get the same results back. If you are encouraging people in any way, then you are helping and motivating people to be positive. I’m all about positivity,  I made the decision to delete my Twitter and Instagram accounts and start fresh. I know most people would have not done this, but I wanted to rebrand myself on social media. Followers work the same way as friends, they come and go, some of them are seasonal and others will be there permanently. I do not post anything on social media to get attention. I post to inform people and hopefully make a difference in someone’s life for the better. I may never get a lot of followers, but as long as I can help change someone’s perspective on life , then it was worth the try. Don’t allow social media to have complete control over you, utilize it in the right way and maybe cut down the amount of times you get on there to post something. You don’t have to be a social media addict, you have to do everything in moderation. Try to spend a hour or so without posting anything on social media and see how it makes you feel. Nothing in life is easy, so just take your time adjsuting to the change. If social media was to turn off today what would you do? Would you fuss and scream or be willing to learn how to cope with living a life without social media.

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