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Social Media Guilt

Should we feel guilty about our social media use? Is the fact that we can’t sit down in a restaurant, walk into a new environment or meet friends without capturing it, a bad thing? Or, are we actually just creating the ‘scrapbooks’ of our time? Conversely, has it become an addiction to polish a moment within a picture so much that our fantasy life becomes true. The Instagram world vs reality.

Here I am posting today and will a further five times this week. Is this wrong? 

It’s crazy to think that, currently, the average person’s time spent on social media surpasses that spent eating and drinking, socialising, and making yourself look pretty! Astonishingly, the average person will spend nearly two hours (approximately 116 minutes) on social media every day, which translates to a total of 5 years and 4 months spent over a lifetime! And it’s only expected to increase, as platforms develop, eating into traditional media – most notably TV. Right now, the average person will spend 7 years and 8 months watching TV in a lifetime. I need to stop my Netflix love!

Anyway, I can’t figure it out. Bad or good? Vanity or scrapbooks? Obviously we’re not talking about Instagram accounts full of silicone pouts, scraps of bikinis and platform derrières! There’s no question that the new ‘Playboy’ standard is less good for all of us, for so many reasons.

But our own social media accounts – are we okay with our documentation of life? Or are you already feeling that it’s getting a little out of hand? I’d love to hear what you think, so that I can refresh my argument either way. Do send us your thoughts in the comments section.


Comments

  1. Simon Alker

    I like to take a few snaps of any special or memorable moments, but also just everyday life moments that even though they appear mundane, when you look back on these in years to come they seem to somehow capture the time more than a special occasion can. I try not to edit/filter/post/share the photos at the time they are taken, rather to put my phone away and enjoy the moment. Then I can spend the time editing and posting when there's a quiet few moments.... Best of both worlds. People worry about not enjoying the moment, but I just feel that looking back at old photos lets those moments live on forever ;o)

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