When I joined social media in 2011, I was someone passionate about photography and found it exciting that other people were able to interact with my photos. I would post, not consistently but at least once a week just because i liked it and I loved posting photos of what I enjoyed. Fast forward 2013 when my friends and I were having a conversation about what social media can really be used for (at this point I had deleted my Instagram and made a new one) and they suggested I started using hashtags. In my mind hashtag was clutter because I was used to posting aesthetic images and I loved my page being clean and very colorful. I posted a picture of me in faux locs (image here) and added ONE hashtag #protectivestyles after that, the picture got so many reposts and launched me into a world of social media. From then on I would post one or two selfies and hashtag also until I started posting more and more and becoming more consistent.
Now in 2017 I have 79 thousand followers and I can't recall how it happened all thanks to the people who follow me, the people who advised me, the pages that reposted me, and the people I've collaborated with. Now lets get down to business because obviously this post doesn't read "how I got started on social media" Social media is great and yes it's definitely become a business venture but nobody talks about it's effects on relationships in a persons life. For me I've become accustomed to posting at least once a day and if that was all I did and stopped I think honestly it wouldn't be such a bad thing. However if you're like me (and I'm sure at least 75 -80%) of people are, what really takes your mind away from the world is the mindless scrolling we've all been accustomed to. I understand that it's social media and we need to interact however I find myself honestly sometimes not being able to focus on one thing to completion without at least checking my phone a couple of times for memes, funny posts or notifications from people I'm subscribed to. We are all guilty however when does being on social media equal you being antisocial in the real world. I just started watching this series on Netflix called black mirror and it has opened my eyes to the world of technology and how it can ACTUALLY affect us.
The first episode I watched (still my favorite till date) was called nosedive which was about the world using social ratings to gauge who people actually were. Even though that episode (which I highly suggest you guys watch!) was a bit over exaggerated I can't but think that's how our world is going to be soon. I've started making a conscious effort (one of the reasons I started a blog) to not scroll down my feed as much and also just give myself a time limit and do other things like play games with my nephews or even give my friend a call. It definitely helps to get your head out of the "cloud" that is social media sometimes.
What are some of your bad social media habits and how are you working on them in 2017?