Why I Shed the Shackles of Social Media

Who knew that being “connected” could disconnect me from my true self?

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Yes. Yes. A thousand times, YES!

I. The Early Days

AOL Instant Messenger & Myspace (2003–2009)

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RIP to the AIM guy who always seemed to be running somewhere (1997–2017)
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That feeling when your crush digitally shut the door on you… ouch.
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That awkward moment when the person you like saw their crush at school today and you were at the dentist.
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I swear, if any of my new comments are a “Truth is…” I will scream.

II. Late Adolescence & Early College Years

Facebook & Twitter (2010–2015)

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Like dating two toxic people — at the same time.
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Ah, 2010. Such simpler times.

III. Grad School & the Breaking Point

Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Vine, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, Tumblr, Tinder (2010–2018)

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“Keeping up with the Kardashians”? More like “keeping up with my social media applications”.
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Don’t dog-filter & drive, folks. (Photo by Omar Lopez on Unsplash)
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What I typically look like as I wait for anything which takes more than 15 seconds (by Derick Anies on Unsplash)

IV. From Slavery to Freedom

You see, social media promises a lot of things. It promises that we will be “connected” with others. It promises that we will be happier if we use it. It promises that we are the consumers, and not the product. But these are all false. Having Facebook “friends” doesn’t mean we are truly connected with others. If anything, the past few years have shown how ugly the online community can get. Hate & vitriolic speech abound in Facebook political rants. You ever see the comments on a major Facebook news page, like CNN? The top-voted comments almost always call out CNN for being “fake news”, and I’m pretty sure the word “libtard” is a daily requirement for some people. Twitter is filled with a bunch of blue-checkmark’d journalists, each vying to be the top response to one of Donald Trump’s idiotic tweets. Instagram, Snapchat, Tinder, Tumblr — all of these social media platforms have created a false sense of “connection”, as if ‘liking’ or ‘swiping’ or ‘snapping’ can replace actual & authentic human interaction. Sure, social media can be used to spread positive messages, GoFundMe causes, & more. But more often than not, it is used as a sort of toxic playground which promotes narcissism & provides endless, noisy distraction.

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Doctoral student in theology, seeking the true, good, and beautiful.

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