I wonder what my life would be like without social media and the internet. I wonder how I would connect with my friends and family. I wonder what I would do with all my free time. Mostly, I wonder if I’d be happier.
I usually spend about 4 hours on my news feeds a day. This number varies from 2-7 hours I would guess (Sometimes I get REALLY bored in class). In the past year, I have only gone 5 days without social media, and that was because it was for a school paper to see if it would be difficult to remove it out of my life for a work week.
It was way harder than I thought.
I ask my mum all the time how she actually made plans with people without the internet or cellphones… CAN YOU IMAGINE?!? Like how does one even use a pager? She replies with a shrug and always says it was harder but everyone was used to being not constantly accessible.
That has been on my mind a lot lately. I wonder what life would be like if I wasn’t so accessible. My cell phone always sits arms reach away and anyone can contact me at any time on 4 different social media platforms plus text and calling. I have been use to this for years now. People nowadays get legitimately mad if you do not reply in an hours time. There is always a sense of urgency when someone does not reply, and I wonder how I would feel if it was the norm to “get back to someone when you can.”
I am a big advocate of living life to the fullest and personal growth. I try to fill my life with activities that help me grow as a human. I usually tend to snapchat these activites or take lots of photos for my instagram. Sometimes I catch myself over-documenting situations for my social media when I should be just making memories. This scares me because I feel like I can’t enjoy most things unless I share them with my friends. I wonder if I am living for my social media more than myself.
Social media, like many things in this crazy world, is a blessing in disguise. It allows me to discover and acheive many interests but I cannot beat the feeling of reliance on it. This wonder won’t dissapear unless I remove the internet out of my life, and heck no to that! I guess I will just have to live with it?
I wonder if you feel the same way.