Social media makes peoples lives look like an iceberg. You see all the highlights/tip of someone’s day because that’s what makes them look great. But you don’t see the small things/the part that’s underwater.
Seeing the highlights of someone’s day can make you feel like other peoples lives are so great and yours looks like crap in comparison. You see perfect vacation pictures like this even though that’s the one good picture they took and the rest were crap.
That’s one of the reasons why one of my professors suggested I try and go 24 hours without going on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. I would go on these websites and see my friends/classmates vacation pictures, status updates, and other stuff. I’d then start to feel envious about my friends/classmates because I’d see that so and so got an awesome new job. Meanwhile, I’m still a grocery clerk at Food Basics.
So on Tuesday, June 11th at 10:10 am I deleted the Facebook App on my phone and tried to go 24 hours without checking Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. These are three things I noticed while going 24 hours without checking these websites.
Force of Habit
As soon as I deleted the app on my phone I found myself pulling it out of my pocket to try and check Facebook, I then had to remind myself that the app was deleted from my phone. Even when I was on my laptop there’d be times when I typed in Facebook.com into my Google Chrome Search Bar. It made me realize how much of a habit checking my Facebook account was.
During, my 24 hours I forgot that my Twitter and LinkedIn accounts even existed. So was never tempted to check them.
Didn’t really miss much
After my 24 hours was up I checked my Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to find out that I didn’t get any messages. At first, I was worried that I would miss messages from my friends and family if I didn’t check my Facebook for 24 hours. But I didn’t miss a thing. I came back to the same old stuff.
24 Hours doesn’t seem like a lot, but it sort of is.
I know 24 hours doesn’t seem like a lot to most people. But, for me a millennial it’s kind of hard. Social media is so ingrained into our lives, it feels like it’s really hard to escape at times.
Has social media made you envious of your peers? If so how did you handle it? Do you also feel that social media in this day and age is hard to escape from?
If you’ve felt the same I felt about social media leave a comment and have a nice day.