Social media makes me sad. It’s not the plethora of depressing people, nor the excess of those who seem impossibly happy. I hate meaninglessness.
My regular readers know I’m sick. What they may not know is how I spend my days at home. Mostly by myself. My weekends are also, more often than not, spent in fellowship with brother pillow and sister sheets (see Still Sick: A Day in My Struggle for Physical and Spiritual Health).
It’s a solitary life. So, why not turn to social media? It’s a great way to make connections. At least, that’s what everyone keeps saying. I say nay, it’s a sucky way to “connect.” I can say this because social media is one of the only ways I can connect.
Each time I get on Instagram, or Facebook, or Snapchat, I’m reminded of the life I’m missing. I see people my age posting pictures of birthday parties, skiing trips, church… I miss those things. I miss living life instead of watching it on a screen.
When I do get on social media, I’m saddened by the things I’m missing, and the things I see others missing. Why would they take pictures of mountains when they can enjoy the scenery in the moment? Why would they text instead of hangout face-to-face?
These people have lives. Tangible life. The opportunity to make real connections… and they’re wasting it.
Every minute spent on social media is a moment of life lost. Each hour in front of the computer is a subtraction of the only currency which can never be earned: time.
To avoid such irrelevancy, there are four simple questions to ask:
1. If I had to live the rest of my life locked in my room with only my computer, what would I miss?
Do those things, hug those people, go to those places.
2. What tangible thing can I do in this moment to add meaning to my life, and to those around me?
Forge relationships, serve others, strive for excellence.
3. What ultimate good will this post do in the future? Will it encourage others, or will it bring attention only to myself?
Post to encourage, “like” with honesty, comment with sincerity.
4. How can I keep myself accountable on social media?
Ration time spent online, avoid complaining, avoid meaningless articles.
No one can avoid social media completely. It’s now an integral part of life. But there are ways to spend time online meaningfully.
I know this post sounds preachy, but I won’t apologize. I want people to live their lives to the fullest, so they won’t ever look back with shame concerning their online escapades. Here’s to living in real life.
That’s all folks.