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Thursday, 3 April 2014

On Journal Day #07

"Do you use social media in your daily life? Do you think it adds to your relationships with others, or takes away from them? And furthermore, do you think social media adds more positive or negative to your life? Write about your relationship with social media, and talk a bit about how you got started, and what role it plays in your world."

From here

I wrote about this a little just a couple of weeks ago, in fact, as I've written about this topic briefly a few times, I'll leave a link at the bottom of this post for other ones I've previously written on the subject of technology and social media if you're at all interested!

From here

I use social media everyday, and on different days it has different effects on my life. Sometimes I love it and think it's the best invention in the world, and at other times it frustrates me to the point where I long to have grown up in a world where sending letters to contact people was the norm. 

Today, for instance, I'm liking social media, I woke up this morning to a picture on Facebook of my beautiful little niece who was born last year and who I have yet to meet because my sister moved to New Zealand a few years ago and is bringing her up there. In that sense, it's amazing - I feel so blessed to be able to see snippets of their life even if I can't physically be there, as much as I'd like to. It's the same with so many other people I know and love that live all over the world. I really do think it's incredible that we can stay in touch so easily. I also love it because, to be perfectly honest, I'm a pretty nosy person (as I think most bloggers are!) and I like going on Instagram and Twitter and seeing what people are doing/thinking/eating. It allows me to capture so many moments and share them with people, that I don't think I'd be able to do otherwise. As someone who loves looking back on memories, this is amazing and something I know I will treasure for years to come.

But then again sometimes social media gets me down and frustrates me. I think it can make us lazy. Instead of actually making the effort to meet with a loved one, we might just send them a Facebook message, tweet or a Skype call, which can so easily become routine. And while all of these things are great and amazing and everything, they're not quite the same as meeting someone in person. I also can't stand that social media gives people a platform to hide behind, so that they can hurt others. For some reason people aren't afraid to tear others down on the internet, because they're hiding behind a screen. I think that those people think that it's okay because they don't physically say what they're typing so maybe they don't understand how horrible they're being. But it disgusts me to see what some people write that they'd never say in person (I hope). Twitter and Instagram distract me so easily, and I can spend hours on there instead of actually living, or going out and doing something. I think social media can also make us feel crappy about our own lives, because other people's can make theirs look so 'perfect'. On rough days I can find it hard to remember that people filter out what they put on there, just like I do too, we don;t want to share absolutely everything that goes on in our lives, so people's can look perfect, but it doesn't mean they are.

So social media can be both my inspiration and my downfall, if you like. It gives me the opportunity to discover so many new things and, frankly, I don't think I'll be closing down my social media accounts anytime soon - there's just too much to say/share/see!


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