Social media has become more and more prevalent in today’s society. Whether promoting a product, business, oneself, etc., we are constantly engaged with what everyone else is doing. In addition, this gives us the impression that what we are doing is not enough. We share the good moments, the moments we think will obtain enough likes and comments. We base our self worth off engagement. Girls edit their figures, smooth out their skin, and choose that one photo that made the cut from the (sometimes) hundreds that were taken. We don’t see the struggle or reality. But this is just how things go today.
So what can we do? We can educate ourselves about the repercussions of too much social media. We can protect our mindset from being disturbed when we click open that little square- the black hole of society where, if not careful, we can let ourselves fall in to never to be found again. When you live in a world of comparison and judgment, you spend so much time looking at what you’re not that you never stop and look at what you are. Social media not only causes anxiety, but it leads to a loss of confidence and individuality. So let’s learn to use it in a healthy manner.
Ella McFarland is a sophomore at Chapman University. She decided that she wanted to stop using social media and see how it changed her day-to-day life. Along the way, Ella learned a wealth of lessons that she shares in the podcast episode below.
Listen to my interview with Ella as we discuss social media’s role in today’s society and how we can combat the negative effects: