This may sound bold…
But I would bet that nearly 100% of people reading this article have an addiction to social media. Some more than others, of course. But everyone at least a little bit. Including me.
When social media started to become popular, everything changed, for everybody.
I was in high school.
It was the beginning of grade 12.
And for the first time in all our lives, we were able to engage in a digital, interactive environment with our peers.
Can you imagine that?
Having social media when ‘social media’ wasn’t even a thing?
When it was this new, fresh, exciting adventure to be part of?
It was intoxicating.
Everyone got hooked.
And nobody was better because of it.
The truth is…
I yearn for the digital space sometimes. I take no pride in admitting that. I know I want it far more often than I should.
Whether it’s checking my emails. Or my calendar. Or visiting YouTube every 5 minutes to see if it’s been updated. There’s no shortage of meaningless little tasks I could be doing with a phone in my hand or a computer in front of me.
The behavior is incessant.
And it’s also destructive.
Now don’t get me wrong…
Most of the time, I actually do a pretty good job resisting the urge to connect. I’m conscious of the behavior and manage it quite a bit better than those who aren’t.
But I ain’t sayin’ I’m perfect, either.
There’s a grip the digital space has over me that’s hard to put into words. I want it. I crave it. And part of me makes me feel like I need it sometimes.
But I don’t.
And neither do you.
And the sooner you realize that, the better.
Now, I didn’t write this article with the intention of providing any answers. I don’t have any answers.
If anything, I wrote this article as a spotlight to help us see.
I do think we’re all addicted to something that’s hurting us. And I do think it rules our lives in ways we’re not prepared to admit.
I think it hurts our relationships.
I think it hurts our self-image.
I think it hurts our outlook and view of the world.
I think it destroys our lives a little more each day.
But I also know it doesn’t have to be that way.
Just put down the phone. Shut off the computer. Talk to the person in front of you. Share a story. Share a laugh. Share a hug. Share your humanity.
We may be more ‘connected’ than ever before…
But we’re also more disconnected because of it.
I promise to do my part to make that change.
The real question is…
And when you’re ready