As a 90s kid, I didn’t exactly grow up with social media. In fact, social media didn’t become prevalent until after I had graduated from high school. Needless to say, I started actively using social media in my early twenties, when it was relatively new. Despite the novelty and excitement of social media, I was quickly made aware of the possible repercussions that it could have. With this awareness came the ability to treat social media differently. Knowing this, it ultimately helped me to become a better person. These are the 3 reasons why.
Why social media has made me a better person
One thing that social media has taught me is the importance of being smart. Now, I am not talking about regurgitating facts from a science textbook. Rather, I am talking about being smart about people. Because social media is on the Internet, you never know who you are talking to. What you see in the profile picture could be totally different from the real life persona. It is so easy to get catfished or deceived by people pretending to be someone else. That is why you need to learn quick to distinguish between what appears to be and what actually is.
By learning this, I am able to see through these rose colored glasses. I can see past the pretty pictures of the homes that look like they came straight out of a top rated magazine. I can look past the picture of the smiling family and wonder how many fights ensued before they got the right pose. And I can look at a picture of a perfect moment in time, and wonder if it really was perfect as shown. By keeping these thoughts in mind, I am able to better filter what is real from what isn’t. It makes me a better person by not having me be so gullible or naïve. Instead, I can be smart and use my own judgement to weed out what simply doesn’t seem right.
Another way that social media has helped me to become a better person is by encouraging me to set and reach lofty goals. When I see someone literally crushing it in the pursuit of a goal I am filled with a renewed sense of determination and ambition. It is like peer pressure in high school, but with heavier repercussions. It is the cutthroat and competitive world of today’s job market. You see someone killing it on social media and you want to do even better.
If it wasn’t for social media, I wouldn’t be as inclined to set goals and then strive to achieve them. But because of social media, it gives me that extra nudge to go for it, to be the best. One reason why is because everyone is watching. Even if you aren’t exactly famous, odds are that you have a small community of people who are watching or reading what you have to say. This goes a long way toward affecting how you present yourself in the future. You want people to like you, and maybe even follow you. This means that you have an extra responsibility to reach for the stars so that people can look up to you, so that one day you can be a better person.
Striving for good health
While it is true that social media can take a toll on your physical and mental health, it can also help it to blossom. I am not disputing that social media can accentuate certain addictive behaviors, cause poor eyesight, and even make you depressed.
Social media can certainly be bad for our physical and emotional health, but it can also be good too. When you join a community of likeminded individuals who are all going through grief, for example, then it creates a great sense of support. By joining this community, then you can both share and receive experiences. You can feel as if you belong, and you can feel as if you are not alone. This can help your mental health by giving yourself a renewed sense of purpose, and it can help your physical health by encouraging you to eat healthy and exercise.
This is why social media is especially important. It gives a sense of community and community is everything. If it wasn’t for these little virtual communities then I probably wouldn’t be on social media. It is why I am active on Twitter — because of the #writingcommunity where I can receive support and encouragement, and give it in return. By finding a sense of belonging, you are able have the purpose and selflove to want to take care of your physical body and mental mind.
It made me a better person — here’s why it’s important
Social media has made me a better person because it has taught me to be smart, achieve my goals, and maintain good health. But what’s more is that through each of these, social media has given me the confidence. Before social media, I was just a girl trying to figure out life. But since social media, I could now be a person who has been given extraordinary tools to change the world. It has made me a better person because it has given me templates to try and then confidence after every successful attempt. As social media continues to grow, I am excited to see what will happen next — and ultimately what kind of person I will be then.