And we make what people think our number one concern…In a world that is consumed by what’s on a screen
It’s no secret that social media has taken over. I mean, it has seeped into pretty much everything in the world.
So how much has it seeped into your brain, your life?
The answer is most likely: A LOT. At least that’s my answer. And there are a million articles about the negative and positive effects of social media, reasons you should put your phone down and look up, and the way our generation lives through the internet, but what about the quality of life that is at stake here?
You’re lying if you say you’ve never posted something, a picture, a status, a video, to get “likes” from your followers. You want them to like your post. You want them to like you. If someone likes my picture, that means they like me, right? Is that what the world has come to? We are basing our self-worth off of the number of “likes” we get on an Instagram picture.
Worse than that, we are followers of lives that are not our own. We scroll through pictures to see what everyone else is doing with their lives, and if it seems better than what we’re doing, we feel sorry for ourselves. NO. Just no. We cannot let ourselves become envious just because someone posts a pretty picture. Instead of obsessing over the lives of the people in our network, we need to be focusing on ours, focusing on the moments we’ll NEVER get back. If we are busy “stalking” someone else’s Facebook, how will we ever create the moments that we’ll post on our own Facebook?
There are moments that can’t be summed up in a tweet or a picture. There are moments that resonate with us forever and build us and mold us into the person we are. That’s what we have to seek out in other people. Those characteristics that make them them, not the pictures from their trip or their big event or their new workout regime. All of those things are great. All of those things take part in making a person who they are, but the things in life that weigh the most can’t be found on anyone’s social media; they can only be found in face-to-face conversation and really listening to that person’s story. If we don’t want to be judged solely on our social media sites, we can’t judge others like that either, whether good or bad.
So don’t worry if you never have 2,000 twitter followers or 600 likes on a status or a picture. How much love do you have around you? How much have you grown spiritually? How truly happy are you with who you are? Those are the questions that will matter. Those are the things you will take to the grave and that will live on even after that.
No one puts their Twitter name and number of followers on their tombstone anyway.