It is a question I’ve been asking this year, really is social media a mug’s game? Is really healthy for us? So many questions really.
I can’t help wondering if it is on the way out. I don’t mean all of it, but places like Facebook or Instagram. When we are all concerned about our mental health do platforms like that really help?
So many questions?
It is something I’ve been asking myself a lot lately. I have talked about social media on this site in the past, looking at the benefits, perhaps. Now, I’m not so sure. This year I have spent almost no time on Facebook or Instagram. Do I feel like I am missing anything?
No, I don’t.
There was a time I felt trapped with Instagram. I had to do this and I had to do that. If I didn’t keep up with the liking of other people’s posts then they would stop liking and following me. There was so much pressure to keep going. Everyone wants to be liked and so we all just keep doing what we have to.
Between Facebook and Instagram, I was spending hours every day on them. I wasn’t getting much else done. There was the belief that if I did more then I would eventually get somewhere and find success.
What I realise now
It didn’t make me happy. It was ruling my life and I think I became burnt out by it all.
Now, you will rarely find me on Facebook. If you want to tag me in something, not much point because I won’t see it. Facebook is getting a lot of flack now with the type of person who is using it. I am not going to suggest anything here, but I’m sure many of you know what I’m talking about.
Instagram is just the same ole same ole. The same people taking the same photos everywhere around the world. It made me feel inferior. Seriously it did. There was always the constant worry that my photos weren’t good enough. Then there are the hubs that share photos, they really made me feel like crap. I was rarely chosen, so what was wrong with my photos? I felt abandoned, or lonely maybe. It was my childhood all over again where I wasn’t good enough.
The other problem too was that it made me feel like I needed to travel to take great photos. I don’t want to travel.
It is hard to believe, but it isn’t something I really like doing. So I found all the photos confusing in many ways. What did I really want?
This leads to the question of how good is social media for our mental health? Is it a mug’s game? Should we stay away from it?
If you look on the internet there are so many articles with titles like the following.
It seems many studies are showing that it really isn’t good for us.
Since deciding to step away from the business of photography I have hardly used social media. I just can’t seem to find the motivation to spend all that time on it when I have things I need to bake, or a garden I need to work in. I love writing the blog, but not much else really.
In many ways, I feel like my mental health is healthier now that it has ever been.
How about yours?
Is Social Media a mug’s game