Why this teen got off of social media

Not experiencing the beauty of the park. Dont look so happy do they..???

 

WHY I WENT OFF SOCIAL MEDIA. (coming from a teenager) 

One thing i did this summer besides go vegan was deleted ALL my personal social media accounts. (e. instagram snapchat facebook)   Now most would think “oh  big deal anyone can do that”. Well,  Lets find out if that’s true here. 060310_1904_Areyouaddic3

I use to constantly obsess over  “how i wish i was in any decade but this one” i really prefer the aesthetic of other decades (70s clothes, 50s architecture etc)  and how everything wasnt so dependent on phones and computers.    But i realized just recently it’s not about the decade or time,  you have to appreciate the time you’re in and be in the present.    Alot of people these days have some sort of social media account and way to access it.6th-Oct-2014-30-of-Snapchats-users-are-in-the-US

Instagram Facebook & Snapchat  are essentials to having asocial  life now a days,  just sitting in your room or at a restaurant liking other people instagram posts or watching other people’s snapchat stories.  Basically if you don’t have a social media account and your in highschool and everyone you know does..your technically considered weird and live under a rock.

Not experiencing the beauty of the park.  Dont look so happy do they..???
Not experiencing the beauty of the park. Don’t look so happy do they..???

One thing i noticed before getting of social media was how much time people would spend on their phones!! And i mean it’s like 24/7.    When  you’re hanging out with a friend or group of friends it’s always fun to go places and do stuff!!! But what i noticed when i hang out with peers nowadays  and a lot of kids these days who hang out with there friends too is that there just on there phone the whole time!! snapchatting everything and sending it to there friends !!!  Or on vine looking at videos for hours on end.

he is not enjoying himself so he resorted to a la phone
he is not enjoying himself so he resorted to a la phone. It seems that s.m can be an escape for some people.

I noticed this a lot with so many people my age,  younger and older!!  It made me think of what teens  would do before cell phones and instagram all that stuff. What about the 70s or the 20s??  Well when i asked my dad what they used to back in the 1970s he said ” We were outdoors a lot, fixing our skateboards, riding bikes we were all in a pack and would bike around the area go to different peoples houses”     There’s always stuff to do,  start a band or make crafts or just lie on the floor and listen to music! (one of my favorites).

How your profile/ account can define you and people will judge you off of your account and only your account
How your profile/ account can define you and people will judge you off of your account and only your account

Now i’m not saying social media is a bad horrible thing. It CAN go BOTH ways. Its a good way to spread things around or get people to know about things or maybe feeling good when someone comments on your selfie. But also how fast information can get twisted, cyber bullying etc. one of  the main reasons i got off was because it was just straight up waste of time i mean seriously.. That selfie  would take an hour to snap then edit and post and think of caption.  I realized no one is going to remember that selfie or post of coffee  its not worth the time.   And the constant need to be on it 24/7 to see if anyone has posted anything or liked your photo.

 always on his mind during everything
always on his mind during everything

Also on instagram and other apps that include picture taking i felt my self esteem and confidence in my face go down because it was all fake, The edited selfie all that stuff  .  It  lowers your self esteem in how you appeal to others because the feel that you have to edit or photoshop yourself.  Its not your true self and then i would feel that if there was someone i knew from instagram or snapchat but never met and saw them in person i would feel that i don’t look like what i do in the picture i had posted.

Eight teenage girls distracted with their phones at carnival are they really  appreciating the moment?
Eight teenage girls distracted with their phones at carnival
are they really appreciating the moment?

I also felt that everybody has such a great life only thinking this based on a post of there friends or updating their status about a event they went to.  It would turn me against people without them even knowing  it because of how fake and “perfect”  everything  would seem when maybe they actually got in a fight with someone that day or is actually very sad and depressed.  You dont know things like that. I also noticed how people would risk something just for that video to post on vine or picture for instagram.  Or  post certain things that can be very dark and depressing  for personal attention.  Many of these programs are very addicting  and   triggers a part of your brain that is also triggered by dopamine eek!

he is not enjoying himself so he resorted to a la phone
he is not enjoying himself so he resorted to a la phone

When i did have an instagram i would sometimes log off and give myself a break for a day but then  you start to worry “i bet a bunch of people snapchatted me i really should check it” or “what if someone is hacking my instagram right now” i better check it” I couldn’t live like that. The best thing was to just cold turkey get off of everything.. PERMANENTLY!!

stats. very surprising yet the year this was made is uknown
stats. very surprising yet the year this was made is unknown

At first didn’t want to delete my instagram  this  was because of my feed. (i know… really?)  It was because of all my photos and how cool everything looked on it. That’s why a couple of my friends haven’t deleted there instagram “its to precious, like  a baby” same with snapchat “but so many people watch my story i would lose all that”

constantly bombarded.
constantly bombarded.

The thing is once you deleted your facebook or instagram whatever you use, You just forget about it a week later.

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After i got off i was also SO much happier. And started to really appreciate things more and appreciate my life more. And it’s very easy for me to talk to people i also read books and do crafts knowing that a lot of my friends go straight on the phone after school.  Also being off has helped myself become more organized. Its so weird but in a great way.  Many could think “oh they don’t have instagram or vine they are so not cool…” the thing is being off of that stuff is cool!!! It shows how much of a life you have and is not just behind a screen all day and night.

Teenagers lying on floor with Ipad and mobile. There are literally NO diversity of race in these pictures.
Teenagers lying on floor with Ipad and mobile. There are literally NO diversity of race in these pictures.

My friends were actually proud that i did knowing none of them have gotten off yet, but i think if they do they’ll have the epiphany i did. For some reason getting off has also made me super comfortable in my own skin wherever i go yet super nice to people and appreciative at the same time. I’m not constantly thinking ” oh i should totally instagram that or snapchat this or tweet that” wherever i go. I no longer have that need to take a selfie anywhere.  I’m more focused on my life and the life of others through real eyes not a screen!  And  how adventurous life is.

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:/how annoyed they seem above in comparison to below!

the comparison

 

I suggest you try it for a while and see how it goes. !!!!!!!!!!!

 

-Lily L.

 

NONE of these pictures are mine. I got them off of google images.  

About Lily Larsen 44 Articles
I am a 15 year old activist and have been participating in marches, protests and petitions since i was 5 years old. I serve on Mayor Eric Garcetti's Youth Council and am a leader in the Student Ambassador Program at Centre Theatre Group. I currently generated a petition to ban factory farming in California with over 30,000 signatures. I care deeply about life on this planet - not only human life, but the 8.7 millions species of life that were here before us. Are you with me?

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