Hello lovely readers, it has been amazing having you all around throughout all these months. 🙂 Here we are now in this lovely month of November. Gradually we are gearing towards a new year. Isn’t that amazing? Thank you all for being part of the journey. You have being phenomenal because you read my blog posts. Thanks so much for staying with me until now.
Yesterday, my friend Kwesi Quayson invited me to his radio program. At the station, I shared my sentiments on how social media is taking the place of parenting in our world today. I therefore write to share a few things that make me cringe with regards to living life fully without engaging too much on social media. This has been a very tough choice of article for me considering the fact that most people live their lives on social media and may feel uneasy reading this. What inspires me to write, however, is the number of ideas, dreams, and future, that are being wasted away daily due to people’s over indulgence on social media.
You will agree with me that social media is doing more harm than good to a lot of us. Today, we wake up and the first thing we reach for is our mobile phones. We spend irrelevant time on these phones which is quite alarming. Some people even claim they read examination materials on their phones, which I doubt will be effective due to the distractions. I have some young people in my circles who hardly read books but are always glued to their handsets and then I ask myself whether we are heading towards a bright or dark future with all of these.
The situation even gets interesting with a Nielsen report release showing that Americans from 18 to 34 are less obsessed with social media than some of their older peers are. The report indicates that adults 35 to 49 were found to spend an average of 6 hours 58 minutes a week on social media networks, compared with 6 hours 19 minutes for the younger group. More predictably, adults 50 and over spent significantly less time on the networks: an average of 4 hours 9 minutes a week. (Generation X More Addicted to Social Media Than Millennials, published on New York Times website, mobile.nytimes.com).
Truth is, we are all guilty of this action, both young and old. It takes a deliberate effort to actually ward ourselves off the addiction. And in choosing to stay off (unless it is linked to our career path example, social media manager), is the start to doing exceptional things in whatever field we find ourselves. I strongly believe a lot of students are failing, workers are under performing, and relationships are breaking apart due to social media.
Steve Corona in his article, How 30 days without Social Media changed my life revealed, “My old morning routine: wake up, check facebook, check twitter sucked. I forgot all about Twitter within days. I missed Facebook…”. He added, “The benefits were immediately apparent. With a mind free to wander and explore, I started to create things, to make moves, rather than suck down a never ending stream of information”.
That tells you how running aimlessly through social media can be draining and time consuming. Atleast, we all know that. So what are we prepared to do differently, even more now that the year is about to end? My advice: Create goals, have a plan, and stick to it. Find your purpose, that is, your innermost passion. Work towards it a lot more than the time you spend on social media. That is the only way you can make a mark in life.
Read more, excercise more, and have a routine. It is not easy getting off the addiction but it is possible if we put our minds to it. We can work it out together one step at a time. Live in the 21 century where we have such awesome technology like Twitter and Instagram because it’s fun, but don’t let them destroy you. We must enjoy living our lives and doing our best, which should not be defined by the number of likes we get on a picture.