Hello, my marvelous readers! Welcome to my blog, I hope you’re all having an amazing day. Today, I’m going to be sharing with you some things that I’ve found out along the years, all related to social media. So, let’s get started.
Social Media is one of the most powerful tools used nowadays by millions of people. There is an enormous amount of social media accounts all over the internet. Every single day while I’m walking through campus to get to class I see that 90% of students are walking while using their phones and I’m included in that percentage, sadly but true.
Furthermore, adults always say that you need to stop using your phone. They say you need to stop texting your friends, boyfriend, girlfriend, etc. But, I think that they have been in the same game lately. I’ve seen teachers, parents, and even grandparents who are using their cellphones all the time. This era of technology is just not something related to kids, teenagers or young adults, it is related to everyone.
How It Has Affected Me?
The impact that social media has over me is huge. I have a Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Tumblr, Pinterest, We Heart It, WhatsApp, Instagram, YouTube and WordPress account. I used to spend a lot of time using every single one of those every day. I lost a lot of time just scrolling nonstop through one feed to another, instead of doing things that needed to be done.
When I started blogging once again, everything was fine. Until I started to obsess with creating content. Instead of using the blog as a distraction, I started seeing it as an obligation. There were days when I stressed like hell because nothing was posted or couldn’t create any content. The amount of pressure I was putting on myself was really big. I started doing some research on how to get more views and traffic. But instead of feeling motivated, I started to feel unsuccessful. There was a post of some bloggers that started making $100,000 dollars just one month after they started their blog. I don’t know if that’s legit or not, but that really got me. I used and still do, once in a while. Check my stats page, which I know is not good at all, but here we are. 1 Point Social Media – 0 Amanda.
On the other hand, Twitter. This one has been a personal fangirling account since I created it in 2013, I guess. I really love Twitter, mostly because I could write whatever I wanted without worrying what others think. After I started using my account as a blogging traffic generator, I started obsessing over the number of followers that I had. Every 5 minutes, no joke. I used to check the number of followers I had. When I started to see that followers were not increasing the way I wanted, I got really mad. Crazy, right? Well, those things were really getting out of control. 2 Points Social Media – 0 Amanda.
Another one was Facebook. There was a time around 2015 and 2016, where I used to change my profile picture every month. I can’t remember what was going on with me during those years, but I do remember the lack of confidence and self-esteem I had. I was really trying to be approved by everyone who surrounded me. And I used Facebook as an approval platform. The number of likes mattered to me, like a lot. No kidding, I used to stay up all night till I saw a good amount of likes. 3 Points Social Media – 0 Amanda.
What I’ve learned?
Okay, right now I’m losing against social media. But let’s see how the final round goes. Despite all the struggle I’ve had during my late teenage days, I’ve been able to learn some things that sound so normal and classic, but when you’re so stuck on something you cannot see.
- The amount of followers or likes doesn’t define me.
- I need to stop comparing myself with others.
- Life gives me the opportunity to learn from all my mistakes and improve my way of seeing myself.
- Self-esteem is one of my most important things, that we all need to work on.
- For me, blogging is a hobby, not an obligation. I should not be stressing about posting or creating new content every single day.
- Social Media is a way of distraction but is not a healthy lifestyle.
- Having successful social media interactions doesn’t mean I am happy.
- Likes, followers, stats are just numbers.
- Spending so much time on social media affects all kinds of relationships.
- Not everybody is going to like me or my content.
3 Points Social Media – 1 Point Amanda.
How I’ve Been Managing to Stay Away of Social Media?
This has been hard, I was used to be next to my phone all of the time. Even when I was eating, studying, dressing, sleeping (Nah, just kidding), I was using my phone, always scrolling nonstop. I used to leave my cell phone beside my bed, which is a BIG MISTAKE! I got distracted by notifications and my sleep schedule obviously got messed up. Fortunately, I’ve trying to keep myself away from my phone. I try not to use it that much, which is actually affecting my followers on Twitter, but who cares. I still tweet about things when I really feel to, not when I feel obliged to. And I feel much better actually. 3 Points Social Media – 2 Amanda.
On the other hand, I haven’t changed my profile picture on Facebook since April 2018. Which is something pretty good. And also because I haven’t had the time for photos these days. Anyways, 3 Points Social Media – 3 Amanda.
And last but not least, I haven’t felt the pressure to post. I post because I’m actually inspired to write and because I really want to. So this fight ends up to:
3 Points Social Media – 4 Points Amanda
Well, I hope you enjoy this post, let me know on the comments if you have suffered from something like this. I’ll be doing soon a detox from social media with me post, so stay tuned for that. Thanks for reading and I hope to see you all on my next post.