If you know me, you know that I’m kinda awkward. I’m not one of those people that can walk up to others and start an intriguing conversation on the spot. I have a tendency to overthink everything from my outfits to my mother’s text messages.
That being said, social media has definitely made it easier for me to express myself and connect with others. Even if I change my mind about something I’ve said, I can edit it or delete it. Woohoo!
As much as I appreciate the conveniences of Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, I definitely see their weaknesses. Scrolling through one another’s feeds makes us feel like we are active participants in our friends’ lives. We can see photos from their adventures, laugh at their jokes, and express sympathy when they deliver sad news. But it’s not the same as hanging out with them. Social media outlets create an illusion of closeness that we have become comfortable with. No need to meet to catch up when you can get caught up on Facebook, right?
Sometimes it can be hard to keep up with it all, so I take periodic breaks from my screens. My favorite way to catch up with close friends is at a rooftop bar on a warm night over cocktails, so that’s been my go-to as of late. In this fast-paced world of swiping right and clicking “like,” it’s important to dedicate time to our relationships, minus the media.