Finding Self-Worth Outside of Social Media
As research shows, we spend more than 10 hours a day on technology. Think about that if you wake up around 8am and go to bed at 10pm, you are spending the majority of your day engaging in some type of technology. With tablets, computers, and smart phones comes all the social media platforms, such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, and Pinterest.
Many times I catch myself spending time “scrolling through my feed” instead of being more productive with my time. Raise your hand if you’re guilty of doing the same. It’s easy to get caught up in social media because everything and everyone on there seems “perfect.” We get caught up in the nitty-gritty of social media; however, what many of us forget is that social media is NOT real.
Growing up in an era of social media puts a different pressure on teens. The pressure to look a specific way, the pressure to act a certain way, the pressure to be friends with certain people, and watch certain shows. BUT, why is it we do not see authentic and real people on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook? Who told you that you had to filter yourself several times? Take 20 pictures just to achieve one? Have the perfect caption? Be the funniest person? Since when do we have to act robotic and be exactly like the person on your feed? Why are we teaching our teens that this is OKAY? This is not okay.
We should not be finding our self-worth on a screen because guess what – no matter how many people like your photo, comment on a post or tweet a response, those people are not real. When I say “real,” I mean they are just a figment of the internet, they do not know your personal life, they don’t know what your favorite color is or what scares you. Instead, we should be filling our lives with people who will build us up in times of need and celebrate in times of happiness. We should be setting our phones, tablets, and computers aside to cherish and appreciate those people that are right in front of us. People we can hug and kiss, people we can share a meal with, people that will go on silly adventures with.
I challenge you to put your phone down and live in the present, because once you begin spending quality time with these people, the people on the screen won’t be as big of a deal.
You don’t need to find your happiness and self-worth on a screen. Your worth comes from you and those who are unconditionally there for you.
~ Cassie Augustine