Like countless people in my generation and younger, I find myself glued to my phone for most parts of my day. Whether it's to engage in a group chat with my friends or to scroll aimlessly through social media to make my workday go faster; my phone is occupying a lot of my mental and emotional space.
When it comes to cell phones social media has reared its pretty little head. Social media users are spending up to 2+ hours a day just strolling on social media and this is the low end.
Coming from a time where most of my time was spent outdoors with my friends I couldn't be more excited about being able to reach my friends and family by a simple swipe of the finger.
It was incredible to be able to talk to multiple people at a time and never have to leave your couch! It was the extroverted anti social's dream. But quickly that rush of thankfulness turned into the embodiment of anxiety.
In the short time social media has existed it has already became such an intricate part of our day. We wake up check our social media handles to see if we missed anything, we respond to any messages we missed and then we stumble out of bed to get ready. While heading to our morning destinations we fight the urge to reply to a comment someone left during the time it took you to get to the stoplight near your house. You finally make it work or school and you get settled and then whip out your phone. Though you have only been there for ten minutes you are already bored and just want to scroll aimlessly through your timelines, worried that you have just missed something important that requires your attention.
You click the notifications tab and respond to any and all pending alerts and then back to scrolling. Your mind and emotions are combating THOUSANDS of emotions daily as a direct result of this addictive cycle.
From your friend saying "I do," to another losing a parent, and people sharing the words injustices your brain is channeling every. single. emotion.
When you read something happy you naturally smile, when you read something sad, you feel empathy. When you read something nerve-wracking your heart drops. Your brain is processing new emotions in a split of a second, daily.
No wonder we feel exhausted and drained after a day of doing practically nothing. You have emotionally invested yourself into the celebrations, hardships, and emotions of every single follower. Skimming each post and responding accordingly feels like an itch you never seem to scratch.
How is it that something so simple can cause so much chaos in our spirits!
Social media has so much depth that goes undiscussed.
The enviousness that takes place when someone "passes" you in their career. Or when someone gets engaged after dating someone a much shorter time than you. The person that comments on your post to disagree with you which somehow becomes an argument between strangers. These are the little emotional tidbits your brain is receiving daily that are leaving you burnt out. Leaving you too exhausted to emotionally entertain your friends or even give your full attention at a social gathering.
You feel yourself getting worried if they don't respond right away; you think maybe your post wasn't received well by others because it didn't get any likes so you delete it. This is the emotional tug of war social media can cause, even when you aren't thinking about it.
Being exposed to so much information whether good or bad can take a toll on your health, PERIODT.
So what happens when you take a step back...
....to be continued.