Does anyone else just get so sick and tired of the constant need we feel to be on social media? If you can’t relate, then you can stop reading now but if you feel the same as I do I have some thoughts I want to share with you.
The other day I decided that I wanted to do some major purging of my Snapchat. I always work on purging my Instagram and unfollow any account that makes me feel bad about myself in anyway, so I wanted to do the same to my Snapchat.
It actually took a lot longer then I had imagined it would but when it was all said and done, I feel so much better about being on Snapchat. I primarily only kept family members on my Snapchat and most friends were deleted. I know deleting friends might seem kind of odd but want to share my thought process on this with you all.
Snapchat for me has never been a place where I have an actual conversation with people. It has just been random photos sent back and forth and yes I know that that is why it was created in the first place. But after I took a week long break from Snapchat I learned something a little disturbing about myself. I kept feeling this constant need to pull out my phone at dinner, or in the middle of time with family, or even at work to document and share what I was doing. Not because it was anything important or worth while to share, but because I was so used to taking random photos and videos of my daily life.
I want to be more engaged with the people around me. I don’t want to constantly be on my phone. I am tired of being out at a restaurant and everyone being on their phones. Why can’t we put them away and converse with one another? I want to have a conversation with my friends, and even if it is over text, it is more of a conversation then Snapchat is.
I had one friend who was very upset about the decision I made to delete her. She said that we would never talk now that I didn’t have her on Snapchat. I thought this was weird because if she wanted to talk to me all she has to do is call or text me. I hadn’t blocked her from my life, just on Snapchat. Nothing that was ever sent over snaps was anything meaningful or important information to know about each others lives. Simply just random “look what I am doing right now” photos.
Do you remember Kim Possible? Call me, beep me, if you wanna reach me? The same phrase applies here. If Snapchat wasn’t around, would we talk more than we do now? If the answer is no, then that’s where the problem lies. It’s not because I no longer have you on Snapchat. And is it that big of a deal? In my opinion, no. It’s just an app. One of MANY different forms of communication and social media that are continuing to consume our lives and take away from time with friends and family.
I think as a society we should strive to delete or unfollow those who make us feel lesser than we are, spend more time with people and not with our phones and be more invested in the relationships we have (whether that is with a friend or family member). I truly believe we will all be better off if we live that way.
I would love to hear everyone’s thoughts on this so please comment! Thank you for reading!