12th September 2016

THE MONDAY POST – GROWING UP SURROUNDED BY SOCIAL MEDIA

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Being a 90’s baby the majority of my early childhood was spent very much how it should have been spent, not a mobile phone in sight, no computers, no Netflix, I’m not even sure we had internet back then.

The way that technology has developed in my lifetime alone is phenomenal and we can only assume it is just going to keep developing until… well, who knows?

It’s very rare that we can walk into a young families home that houses less than 3 televisions, the internet and some kind of games console (I’m not even sure myself what’s ‘cool’ now) and all I can remember from my childhood was10 years ago building a tree house in my friends garden which was our spy den for when we weren’t out being special agents. Don’t even ask… the imagination of an 11 year old?!

Anyway, I went a bit off topic there but I just wanted to say my childhood was technology-less.

So, why are we now unable to get out bed in the morning without scrolling through facebook, twitter and comparing ourselves to all the fitness accounts on our instagram feed? Don’t get me wrong the internet is an incredible tool when used correctly and let’s be honest I wouldn’t even be bothering to write this without the internet, but when did it become our self-esteem? Or even scarier the reason for no self esteem?

There are more editing apps, instagram filters and snapchat edits out there than you can begin to believe and believe you me I’m the first to use the Valencia filter and turn up the brightness so it looks like I’m in the Canary Islands instead of the sunny Lake District, it’s not all a lie but I’d definitely take it with a pinch of salt before you start comparing the redness around your nose to someone using the sunflower hairband filter on snapchat.

Those fitness instagram pages we all spend our evenings scrolling through trying to find the willpower to pack our gym bags for the following day are, for me anyway, the best form of motivation. However motivating some of us find these pages, these pages can have the most negative effect on those who are perhaps unhappy with their appearance or are particularly vulnerable.

Basically, all I’m trying to say in this post is to put your phone/laptop/tablet down and enjoy the life your living, stop comparing yourself to others because I can guarantee 100% of us aren’t perfect but that’s what makes us all perfect!

Rhiannon x

Comments

  1. I completely get this! I always think I’ve found a nice balance, but I still wake up and check notifications! It’s weird. I can spend hours scrolling through my phone when that time could be spent doing something much more interesting. I agree that we all need to put outr phones/laptops down once in a while and live. Great post! x

    • Aww I’m glad you liked it. I was nervous about posting this because it’s something very different for me.
      Rhiannon xx

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