When it comes to social media, I am quite a newbie. I dabbled in it on and off as more and more outlets became available. I truly became more involved in social media when I began blogging. The many advice I heard was…presence in the social media will only help your blog. And so, I became more active in social media.
I have much respect for the power of social media. It can change the life of one person, or alter the course of history. It is a double edged sword that can fulfill dreams or shatter them. As new mommy, I do worry about the extent of the influence social media will eventually have on my little one. The positives and the negatives will be intertwined that you can not escape either… and only can you do so if you truly disconnect.
So what does social media in our lives mean? I think it is what you make of it. The beauty of social media is that it can bridge all kinds of distance, from cultural to geographical distance. I have heard of people becoming lifetime friends and lifetime partners, all due to social media. People become friends when they would never have met in the first place.
The downside of social media is that sometimes, people get consumed by the virtual world that they “forget” to create or nurture existing bonds with others who are physically present in their lives. I am a huge proponent of fostering current relationships, whether friendships or romantic relationships. The adage that says, “the grass is greener where you water it,” is absolutely true. Social media in our lives can be fun and can serve as a wonderful escape. But at the end of the day, finding a good balance between family and friends, and social media friends, is very important in being a healthy individual.
The perfect instagram picture will get hundred of likes… but what does it all mean when your life is lived through the lens of instagram. Going beyond the picture and actually experiencing the moment may be more worthwhile. A photo is a great memory to remember things by, but it should only serve as the reminder of the feelings of that moment. Life is so short. We should take everything we can from it.