I guess not using social media for a year is a nightmare for many of you, don’t worry I was also on the same page as you are. It all basically started 3-4 years back when I was just 16-17 years old and I first started using social media (preferably Instagram and Facebook). Like any other teenager it didn’t take long for me to become an addict. All I ever did was scroll down on Facebook or see how many likes my pic got. It all somewhere created an unnecessarily expectations for me. Which in an obvious way effected my real life. Fortunately, I noticed that what was happening was not right.
WHY DID I QUIT
Suddenly in 2018, Keeping my addiction in mind I deactivated my accounts. I really used to hate the way I was addicted to it, it was almost controlling my life, I couldn’t live for 5 minutes without checking it. Also, like any other teen, My life started appearing to be boring than my friends. Most of the time I would think that “oh my god they do this, I don’t” or ” They have this, I don’t”. So, when I couldn’t take it anymore, I QUIT.
Quitting it wasn’t easy. For the first week, I was dying to know about what was happening in there. Only I know how I controlled my urge to do that. The hardest and also the most annoying part was, Whenever I met my friends all they would ever say that ” you disappeared” or ” you’re missing a lot” I used to be standing there thinking that maybe all I was missing wasn’t worth attending in the first place.I was always the only one who was not using it and all I knew was I didn’t care and was more than happy to be living in the real world. Guess what, I traveled, went to restaurants and watched movies about which the world did not know. I no more had to prove anyone I was enjoying my life. All mattered to me was that I was happy.
One of the major lesson I have learnt is that people are nothing like what they claim to be in social media, they’re a lot different that that. Their life isn’t perfect. I still see people spending hours on it and wondering why their life isn’t perfect. I can’t even name all the negativity it can possibly spread if not used in limit or not understanding that it’s just an app. One of the worst thing you’ll ever see is that kids below 12 years of age being addict to it in a age where they should be playing outside instead of worrying how many likes their pics received. I’ll always be thankful that at least as a kid, I played outside and enjoyed my life in a way in which it was meant to be.
I’m not saying that social media is a kind of a devil or something when I myself use it now. Even though I might have Instagram, no matter how much I try, I cannot use it. I’ll always like twitter better than any other form of social media. All this because I know I’m better off without it.
Always remember, that no one ever post their failure on social media but only the good days or moments of their life. Never think that your life is boring than someone else’s life because IT’S NOT AND IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD.
Lastly, ” Social media should only be a part of your life, It should not become your entire life”.