If you listened to the last podcast, you already know about my recent social media fast. (Eek!) And just like anything you detox, I went through some major withdrawals. Like, are there any correctional facilities for people addicted to social media?
But like any addiction- you never know your level of dependency until it’s too late. How do you know it’s too late?
I thought you’d never ask.
The Comparing Game
But where’s MY car?
But where’s MY engagement ring?
But where’s MY luxurious vacation?
So many of us are super guilty of using social media as a measuring point for our progress. Like if Renee is doing great on her weightloss journey, all of the sudden we’re not satisfied with our progress. Or if Lyndsay and her boyfriend just got engaged- we begin to wonder if our man even likes us anymore. #GAHH
But, guys, scrolling through social media can push you towards unhealthy comparison. And if we’re honest with ourselves- even if we “like” a post- we can essentially leave feeling envious, lonely, or frustrated.
Dude. It’s okay to step away. Even if that means revisiting your life plan and making necessary adjustments.
The need for social acceptance
Hello ego transcendence! Somewhere between our first kiss and high school graduation, the need for acceptance escalated. In us, arose this urgency to be accepted by those around us. As a result, we have collectively convinced ourselves that more likes, retweets, and followers- the more value is added to our existence.
Girl. All that isn’t even necessary. These things are essentially good at feeding your ego but do damage to your soul if you’re not careful. Never forget how beautiful it is to keep your life sacred and that you’re allowed to do amazing things without telling the world.
You. Just. Can’t. Tune. In.
Yea, I’m talking to you, sister. We can get so caught up portraying our ideal selves on social media that we lose the intimacy of who we really are. It’s like we practice the idea of transparency without actually being vulnerable. And because of social media, we lack human connection.
Here’s a friendly remimder. The real world doesn’t consist of edited images, revised comments, and perfect selfies. And sometimes these things can drown us from connecting with people from a place of authenticity. Allow yourself to experience the freedom and emotional bliss that comes with the just being human. You deserve this much.
I accomplished so much simply by taking a break off the social sites. I saw my nephew take his first step. I kayaked in the river. I let got of old baggage and positioned myself for new blessings.
I can’t wait to see what God has in store.
Talk to you soon, girl