If you haven’t been living under a rock, sheltering you from the viral trends of social media, you would know that the “new thing” always has to do with spring cleans, starting fresh and living in the moment.
If I got a dollar every time I saw an instagram post captioned “living in the moment”, I would be rich. But is there anything at all that’s “living in the moment” which requires you to stop, take a picture, and post it to social media? Living in the moment is about not worrying about what anyone else thinks, not stopping for anything and just LIVING IN THE MOMENT. What is more self explanatory than that?
Social media has begun to take over the world. No matter where you go, you’ll see people on their phones, texting, taking pictures, sharing their lives in an instant.
But there is a movement. A movement towards a better future? A less ‘virtually-connected’ and more physically-connected future. Take Essena Oneill. She may have been titled social media ‘queen’, or instagram ‘goddess’. But after years of “having it all” she has decided to quit social media. She’s keeping her blog (http://www.letsbegamechangers.com/ an amazing blog about her thoughts and her journey). She changed all the captions on her instagram photos, to satirical or serious captions to do with the fake-ness of the posed/edited photos. They’re interesting reads, especially for you’re usually someone who admires the perfectly staged bikini shots of instagram models. Essena Oneill’s new outlook and new life has influenced the lives of many. She made a video directed at her 12 year old self, or anyone who is 12 and felt like she did, convincing her that having “everything” is not what it perked up to be. That she and people around her who would’ve been known as ‘famous’ or ‘having it all’ were deeply depressed, whether it was conscious or subconscious. Her video is deeply moving and makes you feel guilty for watching the video in the first place. She urges people to leave their house and go do something they love, without having to meet people over social media.
The new social media app, Snapchat, is an ever-present thing in lots of people’s lives. The ability to take a ‘cheeky snap’ and send it to your friends in seconds is appealing. Maybe it’s goal was to be quick so people COULD live in the moment. But I think that with the volume that people post snapchats at, there can’t be anyway that they are truly living in the moment.
I am torn in this controversial subject. On one hand I completely agree with Essena Oneill and anyone else who is part of this ‘social media-less’ movement. I believe that living in the moment is one of the greatest things you can do. Why do you need to have a physical copy of the memory when you might remember it 100 times better if your just LIVE it? And why would you need to post what you’re doing to facebook, twitter, snapchat AND instagram, are you seeking the validation of others? Because newsflash, the validation of others means nothing. All you need is to believe in yourself, the amount of likes or followers you have doesn’t show your value.
However, on the other hand. I adore photography. It’s one of my many passions (if you can’t tell by this blog). I have an expensive, BEAUTIFUL, camera. One of my most prized possessions (I know, materialistic). I love taking, editing and producing beautiful pictures. It would be a dream for it to become a career. But such a love prevents one of living in the moment. If there is an absolutely beautiful shot I can visualise, I will take it. Does that prevent me from fully living in the moment? Yes. However, I think there is a slight difference between this and social media. I’m not one to share the snap instantly, or post it seeking other people’s validation. If I have created something beautiful, sure I will share it, but I will also be proud of it on my own accord.
Furthermore, I like to share somethings. I grew up in France, which means lots of my friends live far away from me. Keeping them updated through facebook is fascinating to me. So that when I go to visit them in the future, there are conversation topics and maybe they haven’t completely missed out on who I am as a teenager.
But, with summer coming, I’m going to take a page from Essena Oneill’s book. I’m going to do my best to clear out my need for social media. It’s going to be my first summer having my drivers licence (yay!) and first summer when I don’t have school, or anything, to have to go back to after (yay for gap years!). Even for the coming year, I said I will post my adventures on this blog. So maybe I’ll make that my only outlet? (I mean, if I’m sharing everything everywhere else, why would anyone read this? Mwahaha, marketting strategies)
Edit: Dodie, another youtuber (whom I love), posted a response video. I completely agree with everything she says. It’s so perfect and makes perfect sense.
Regardless if you are even remotely agreeing with me or not, I hope you have a nice day without too much social media :*