Confessions of a Social Media Addict and Professional Time Waster
I spend so much time wasting time. I can recall hours spent lying in bed with my laptop warming my mid-section as I listlessly scrolled through hundreds of pages of photos and text posts—which brought little-to-no real change or enjoyment to my life—all in an effort to find something I deemed remotely interesting so I could reblog it, add a witty tag, and have it placed on a blog that I dedicated 5 years to which never brought me a penny, true pleasure to my world, or at least 450 followers. There were times when I would choose to look down into my phone and passively read statuses I would never like or comment on in order to avoid eye contact from a stranger or to seem like I was busy when standing alone instead of lifting up my head to engage in the world around me. Countless nights were devoid of my full recommended hours of sleep so I could check on the latest photo posts that I rarely ever liked and when I was finished I would check any new statuses that had appeared during that time and look back for new photo posts I might have missed during the time I was checking statuses and repeated this sickening cycle until my eyes could barely stay open and my thumbs began to cramp. In addition to my potential case of carpal tunnel, I have developed a dysfunctional sleep pattern, shaved years worth of time from my life, failed exams, procrastinated on projects, and missed out on once-in-a-lifetime opportunities all for the sake of wasting time on social media. Looking back on my adolescence, I should be thinking about the wild nights I had, the boys I had wrapped around my fingers, and the memories of friends I will forever cherish, but instead I mostly remember myself hunched over a computer or phone connecting with people in a world that has served no purpose in the betterment of my life…my real life, that is.
Hello all! I will be taking a break from social media for a while and here is why. Follow the link above to read the rest of my story.