Look around you. How many people do you see using their phones, tablets/I-Pads/or any sort of technology? I’m sure you arrived at some number 70%+.
Or maybe …you chuckled a bit? Mostly because you’re sitting at home, so there is in fact, no one actually around you.
It’s funny how so much of our lives revolve around doing things with people, don’t they? Then we post about it on social media, leading to counting the amount of ‘likes’, ‘re-share’s and ‘re-tweet’s the post received. Now, you probably, like most of us, fall into the following three categories:
If you fall into the first category, then bravo! You’re already a step ahead!
Now if you’re like me, you might either fall into the last two categories or a combination of the two. Its scary to want to post about your life online, isn’t it? I mean, why would you want the world to know what you’re doing, who you’re with, and all the details. I can understand that, because, I used to think like that too. Maybe you don’t do all the “crazy and exciting things that you can actually post about”.
So, what changed?
I finally realized social media isn’t a ‘thing’ to be scared of, rather a tool that can reap enormous benefits with correct use. …Plus, I got my job through social media, so that helped.
Partially convinced? Think about it, the next time you’re eating that taco from your favourite place, you post about it. Then your friend from middle school comments “OMG, haven’t been there in forever!! We MUST go!!”. – reconnection +1
You want to ask about hat opinions so you post a poll on twitter – Random people give you their true insights and you learn about new options. – New Avenues + 1
You are gaming and get stuck on a level, so you go to YouTube, watch a play through and ask around in the comments. Fellow gamers give you advice. – Possible gaming community found + 1
You don’t need to be flashy, or at a rave, at a concert or be doing these ‘exciting things’ when you post. It’s about showing who you are as a person. By recognizing that social media isn’t about how much activity the post gained, we see the big benefit of the connections made, and become a part of a community you connect truly with. Those people who repost your ideas, share your meals, retweet your jokes… they are your people. This tool allows you to find your herd, to push your self towards higher self actualization. Social media isn’t the enemy, it’s just a tool to be learned.