The Life You Should Be Living On Social Media
Moons ago, when we all joined the new wave of social media, we were left fascinated by how we instantly shared updates and our friends (and people we didn’t know) left a warm comment for us to smile & giggle. We were amazed at how we smoothly connected, communicated and coordinated.
When you take a minute to listen or read about some of the different founders of the social media platforms that we’re so glued to, you’ll notice something in common about their agendas behind creating these platforms — Sharing, easing communication and connecting.
″Ten years ago, you know, I was just trying to help connect people at colleges and a few schools.”— Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to Freakonomics Radio
In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, Snapchat boss Evan Spiegel revealed that Snapchat was initially best known for its disappearing messages, gaining it a reputation as the “sexting” app.
Jack Dorsey came up with the idea for a site that would combine the broad reach of dispatch software with the ease of instant messaging that would later be known to us as Twitter.
Although there was a myriad of similar apps, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger pivoted to focus their app solely on communication through image and today we can’t have enough of Instagram.
Jan Koum, who co-founded Whatsapp with Brian Acton in 2009, revealed that the idea for the messaging app came about so he could stop missing out on calls on his new smartphone (read iPhone).
These could go on and on but what’s clear is that these ideas were birthed with pure intentions of harnessing and easing communication and connectivity and having fun while at it. Here we are, we can’t seem to live without these apps and getting addicted.
As we enjoyed social media, we never knew the black hole we sunk into each day that passed by. Without knowing it, we got glued and hypnotized, we gave away so much but most importantly, we gave away our privacy.
Our generation is blessed to live in an era where the internet has been such an incredible enabler of so many things both. We are more aware, ‘woke’ and heavily informed. We have the highest form of freedom of expression but for some reason, we can’t stop misusing it.
Do we ever wonder where all this will lead us to? The hate-speech, the fake news, the propaganda, the bullying, the scamming, the data misuse, the selfish agendas of the big companies, the depression it’s causing?
Do we have a plan? I bet not.
However, here are a few things you might want to check out as you live a life connected to social media.
The thing about our generation is if we don’t like something, we automatically brand it un-cool and everyone who likes it is not cool. If someone expresses their interests in something, they’re met with antagonism and they’re ridiculed for it. It’s like bringing others down is the new coolest thing on social media.
As a generation, we’ve easily refused to welcome divergent views, different opinions and different beliefs and norms from what we feel is right. We are always hoodwinked to believe that we are right and whoever thinks otherwise is wrong.
The battleground for all of this is social media.
Tolerance and gratitude levels on social media continue to dwindle, anger groups have been formed, activism has taken a twist, trolling is now an okay thing, bullying is the order of the day, hate speech is a common sight and all sorts of misinformation continue to flourish.
Try it. Spread gratitude and see how soothing that is. Seek to correct other than ridicule, be more understanding than judging on social media, welcome divergent opinions, be tolerant, allow yourself to learn, unlearn and re-learn. Social media is a place filled with differences, try to blend in.
Safeguard Your Privacy.
Everyone is literally out there trying to put a digital footprint of themselves on the internet. It’s like as though people are fighting so hard to leave a legacy behind on social media and while at it, they’re jeopardizing their privacy too.
In this age of social media, we tend to put everything out in the world to be judged, liked, and/or commented on by friends and strangers alike. If you want to stay sane, you’ve got to save a bit of yourself for yourself. — Melissa A. Matthews
While it is really awesome to update your status at a fancy restaurant attached with a photo of your fiancee, it’s also going to come and bite you at some point in life. Some do it to feel connected, to feel loved when they see 1,000+ likes on their photo or if random strangers leave lovely comments.
Social media has the potential to make you too connected but also has the ability to feel more alone than ever.
When on social media, your privacy is paramount, keep some stuff to yourself. Not everyone should know everything about yourself by simply scrolling through your Twitter or Instagram feed.
It’s okay to feel the need to always keep the world updated about the good stuff that’s going on in your life just reserve some information for yourself. At least for the respect.
Take good care of your mental health
Mental health is not something we take lightly anymore in this day, age and era. Studies have linked the use of social media to depression, anxiety, poorer sleep quality, lower self-esteem, inattention, and hyperactivity — often in teens and adolescents.
This could affect your daily life, relationships, and even physical health. It’s important to take care of yourself and get the most from life and to attain a balance between life activities and efforts to achieve psychological resilience.
Give yourself a social media break if you need to, talk to a friend in private if you need to, as opposed to running to social media with your problems and be met with negative vibes that could leave you in a worse position. Social media is supposed to be fun and if you don’t take about your mental health, your fun will be robbed.
Earn while having fun.
I know, I have said it countless times that everyone on social media is trying to sell you something and this has sucked the fun out of it. But hey, all this wouldn’t hurt if you can actually have some bills sorted from the money you’ve made off social media.
Troves of data and reports continue to show a surge in social media numbers across different platforms year in year out and this is a goldmine for your business to thrive.
Dive in too, it’s never too late to join the party. Make your research, position yourself and market your business to the millions of social media users and luck could drive a few thousand customers your way.