Imagine life without social media...
Reading an actual book, talking to an actual person instead of checking out what is happening in people’s lives through their Instagram stories---like anybody really cares that this person had a cup of coffee from Starbucks or had to wear some damn fancy sneakers with a month’s worth of groceries.
If you have been following me on social media, you might not want to read what I have written, because I am technical “part of the system” (which obviously means it was social media that led you to this page because I talked about it on my Instagram page, unless I told you personally that I'm back to writing).
Before you call me a hypocrite (which we all are at the moment) let me tell you something first….
Last year, I have gathered a few established and emerging artists for a movement I wanted to do---an “anti-social media movement”. Some iconic names in the music industry from the Philippines whom I have tried to work with and who have loved the idea and seemed to be on the same page as I was. The thing was, again, I couldn’t just say or do this because I was part of the whole social media thing. But what I wanted the movement to do was, show people what (too much) social media does to them, and the people around them.
Why am I doing this? Or why did I even think of doing this?
Apparently, I was inspired by instances that REALLY pissed me off. From what I have seen, and experienced from people around me to a person I have dated---which to be honest, I wasn’t quite sure if he was dating me or his phone. *rolls eyes* SMH. I mean, we never spoke!! At the dinner, I felt like I was actually dating myself while having someone just pay for it but not physically there (Well, too bad for him but at least I got free dinner).
The thing that really bothered me the most (and still does whenever I see it) is how it seems like their phones are glued not only to their hands but to their eyes as well.
Don’t get me wrong, social media is NOT a bad thing, losing control over what is in front of you versus what is in a “fake reality” is what is totally not right. Social media is a (very) helpful tool. It’s a matter of when and when not to be on it---it’s also called respect. We’ve always been taught to look at the person you are speaking to, and use eye contact. But where has it gone?
I have no issues with people using social media because I am absolutely as guilty as you are. But a little digital detox every now and then won’t do you any harm, in fact, according to surveys and studies, these social media networks are associated with high levels of anxiety, depression and bullying and FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out).
Letting go of social media for a while also means letting you focus more on what is really in front of you, appreciating more of you, and getting away from insecurities while you compare your life to others---Living a life with no filter...Just what it is.