SOcial media should not dictate you
by Beatriz Gomez de castro, '17
Characterized as the generation of the digital age, it is easy to assume high schoolers are constantly in the know with social media, and it is true. From a young age, millennials were taught how to work and manipulate the function of a digital device, sometimes even out of curiosity they learn it on their own. This attention to the computer age lead us to the present interest in the technological world. With cell phones constantly updating themselves and computers becoming more and more transportable, social media follows us everywhere.
Whether it is helping us with day to day activities or transforming heavy work into a simple task, social media has inevitably made an impact on our social system. But what happens, however, when people become over consumed in their online image, is it really worth the negative effects it could bring to your life?
Firstly, it is no surprise that websites such as Facebook and Instagram take up such a large portion of the internet's focus. With teens and adults controlling what they broadcast online, a recurrence has occurred where users attempt to share as much of their lives as they possibly can. But with the ability to share moments and thoughts to the entire world, they often find themselves overwhelmed to get the best reaction to each photo though the form of likes. Anxious of receiving negative public attention on Facebook, they create a different approach to the art of online profiling as a consequence. Instead of uploading photos they care about or would like to revisit, some attempt to put their best image forward even if it means creating white lies about who they are. Whether it's lying about their socioeconomic status or their life outside of school, social media has become a place for “friends” to judge each other and obsess over false complements in the form of likes.
But what does this mindset give them, if not, validation for a fake reality they have created for themselves? Most people are just as worried of the image they are sending to the world that they will most likely not concentrate on your photo as much as you think they do. Whether your picture gets one like from a close acquaintance, or 200 from what most likely may be strangers, it is not going to change the moment or the meaning behind the photo. People will constantly judge others regardless of whether or not it is a fair opinion. Social media should not and does not dictate who you are as a person. Don't create an artificial profile to gain validation from society or fall under pressure to mimic the behaviors you see online. In the end, your profile is yours and the person who will most likely revisit it the most, is you.
So, live your life and do not get wrapped up in the bubble of caring about what others think of it. Don’t consume yourself with getting a picture up so others won't think you’re a loser, you are not. If anything, you are allowing them to believe you are waiting to get their validation.