You couldn’t pay me to go back to social media, I will tell you a little bit about my experience with it. I had been on social media for more than half of my life and only a few months ago did it really sink in what damage it was doing to me… and surely to most people.
I would spend alot of time “scrolling” like if somehow refreshing the page would lead me to something substantial, but it never did.
I would see the perfect life people seemed to have, and feel depressed and worthless, even tho in reality they were just showing people what they wanted people to see.
Whenever I felt alone, my first reaction was always, take out my phone, message someone… someone is bound to want to talk to me, but what happened when no one did? Just more feelings of loneliness, worthlessness and depression.
Whenever I broke up with someone, I would try and post stuff to make my ex think I was having the time of my life (in the odd chance they were still stalking me), but inside I just prayed and hoped they would message me again and the hole in my chest would be filled.
I would silently judge people who would post things that go against what I believe, thinking I was “above them” and they were just idiotic. But also I would argue with people endlessly even tho no discussion ever ended with someone changing their mind, the problem is that unlike a forum, when I would argue with someone, it was someone I had met in real life that I respected at some point… it was weird to see this other side of them.
When someone would unfriend me, it was a huge hit to my ego “What did I do wrong? Why dont they like me anymore?”
I can keep going but you get the idea… living without social media has at least helped me live in reality, not this illusion of “connection”, and now I see how bizarre it is that we live in a world where we allow other people to see much of our life… its just so weird, you wouldn’t yell down the street your personal life, so why is social media any different?