Dear Social Media

Dear Social Media,

I want my life back. My moments, my relationships and privacy. I no longer want the pressure to brag and show off where I am at, what I am eating and who I am with. I know you mean well, but when I instantly give these precious life moments to share, I lose them as I try to upload, tag, and write a caption.

Thanks for what you do, connecting me with people but I also need to connect with the people in front of me. I’m putting my phone down and forgetting about it when I don’t need it. When I snap a photo, I’ll look at it later. The world can wait and so can I.

Wednesday morning before work I heard an interview with the creators of Instagram. I was pulled in by their witty personalities and big dreams. I listened with closeness as I heard their heart behind Instagram. They spoke about capturing those special moments; children learning how to walk, a mom spending time with their child, graduations, weddings, birthdays and how people can share images as they happen.

I began to think about all the big events in my life to my everyday routine. I thought to myself, “Those are mine, I don’t want to give them away by snapping a photo, writing a caption and uploading it.” I’ve learned through the years about the sacrifice a photo can cost. Live life or take a photo of it? I have to make a decision between enjoy what is taking place or pulling out my camera and capturing it. And now because of instant publishing more time is lost to experience life.

The question is how do I solve this dilemma? If I’m not careful, I can end up experiencing life though a screen, missing out on the beauty that no camera can capture.

This 4th of July weekend I did an experiment. Take a photo and look at it later. I was anxious to share immediately but instead told myself to enjoy my time with the people I love most.

Looking back on the photos, I can appreciate them even more because I got to live them.

Author: Moniemuse

Video Editor & Media Department Director

11 thoughts on “Dear Social Media”

  1. Good for you! It does seem like social media can take over our lives at times…especially because it’s a powerful and almost necessary tool for blogging and other types of work, unfortunately. I hate it every time I post!

    1. I couldn’t agree more, social media is such a powerful tool I don’t want to hate it anymore haha. The power of connection is a dream come true, we just have to learn how to use it responsibility. Thanks for reading 🙂

  2. love your words “Live life or take a photo of it?” I have thougth that many times….but the balance is hard when trying to capture a moment…We do live in a society when we want people to beleive a moment is more than it is …. WHY? If we don’t love ourselves and others we only live for others which is then a lie of life…the difference between living and being….

  3. I’ve been thinking this a lot lately and I must say that I rarely regret living in the moment rather than taking a picture/updating a post/sharing what I’m doing with the world. And if I REALLY want the picture, I’ll take it and “share” it later!

    1. I imaged myself watching my first child learning how to walk being more concerned about the lighting, framing and perfection than the moment itself haha.

  4. I have written a very similar post on my norwegian blog not long ago. I also feel that social media makes us somehow disconnected morte than it actually brings us together as humans. I prefer using my computer to be “social”, but we I am gonna be social for real, I keep the phone in the pocket and stay away from it.

    1. Its challenging to put the phone away but I think when we do, we are able to enjoy the people around us better. I’ll have to read your post about it. I think social media has its benefits but they sure have their risk. 🙂

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