Day 1 of my ’21 DAY SOCIAL MEDIA HOLIDAY CHALLENGE’
Day 1 of my ’21 DAY SOCIAL MEDIA HOLIDAY CHALLENGE’
As I went ‘dark’ on the social media from yesterday afternoon I noticed that as soon as I’m not busy and have a moment to spare I was reaching out to my phone to go onto the social media platforms. I never realised how often I actually go to view my notifications on these platforms. This really surprised me, I didn’t think I was on my phone for this that often. My thoughts were what if something should happen in the world? I would have no idea! Then I thought what life was like before I had social media or a phone to be honest.
We would go out not sure who, when and where you will actually meet people. We couldn’t just go on the phone and message people where are you, if anything happened we had to wait for the news to hit us much later.
Now everything is instant. While something is happening people will make videos and it will be online in no time. This can be very intimidating and frightening. We don’t always know either what we are looking at, is it real or fake, acting, etc.
Thinking about the young ones, which had their life’s on video or social media without consent or even knowledge of what was happening. We could do silly things and no one would know we did this but the young ones today has that added pressure to deal with on top of everything else. They could make a mistake or do something silly and it will be plastered all over social media with hundreds or thousands of people able to view this in a matter of minutes. From around the early 90’s when smartphones started making it’s rounds life as we knew changed.
Because we get everything instantly there is no delay in the information. We can’t check it first to see if it’s real, jokes or pranks. I’ve seen so many videos over the years on the social media platforms and I have no way of knowing whether photos or videos are real as I don’t have that experience to know. This can cause so much confusion and for the young ones this can be very difficult and stressful because social media is part of their every day life. I’ve shared things before on social media because I thought it was interesting or thoughtful and then get comment about me not knowing the facts or that I’m sharing fake news. This ads stress to our daily lives for no real reason, because these ‘things’ doesn’t actually affect our every day life, although it could create the negative energy within or around us.
Even though this will be my first full day of no social media I’ve definitely realised more about my habits regarding social media. Somehow I feel a sense of calm and nothing so far has changed my mood from when I awoke. I recall some mornings watching ‘Good Morning Britain’ and getting so irritated with the debates because people won’t listen to each other’s views, etc. or seeing posts on social media and getting annoyed with callous comments.
I know some of you might think that this is silly and that I shouldn’t allow things to affect me this way but it’s very difficult when I love this planet and I love people. I do get wrapped into the motion of all these different topics because I’m human and I have feelings and views. Finding the balance in this new world we live in can be very daunting.
We have to be so careful and politically correct that we lose our identity a bit. We can’t use certain terms to describe race or cultures, we can’t say what sex a person is because we could get it wrong, we can’t have a preference as this could mean that we will offend someone else. This seems to be very unfair because this is causing people to stop communicating with each other just in case ‘we might offend them’. Where does this all come from? Could this be a way to create conflict between people? Can we not accept that people have different ways of dealing with things? Surely we can become more understanding towards people and their views?
There are certain things that can’t be accepted I get this, for example the fact that paedophiles want us to change the laws so they can have sex with younger children with their ‘consent’. Things like these are definitely not acceptable and should never even be considered!
In reality we have to become more tolerant of people’s choices. We can’t judge them because they don’t have our religious views or cultural understanding. We could try and be more understanding towards people and try and see things from their point of view instead of just ours. The effort has to be made to find common ground if we want a world that has less stress. But we really have to become more balanced and more accepting. Learn to relax about what people say and think. It’s only a view.
Rather we could focus on love, compassion, understanding, acceptance and peace. Try to create a warm and comfortable environment instead of a toxic one. I believe secretly this is what people really want. Remember when people react in certain ways they do that because they don’t now another way especially if it creates conflict. There are very few people that would purposely try and upset us most people hurt others because they are hurting themselves so being patient and trying to understand will be more beneficial for us, and them. When we understand a situation it becomes clearer and easier to deal with.
Have a beautiful day!
Spiritworker – Adele