Social Media consumes our lives today in 2016. We find ourselves hash tagging, liking (and now disliking), Instagramming, Pinning, Tweeting… for the majority of our days. I think you can say that it’s a combination plate of positives and negatives!
Social Media allows the 3 C’s --connection, communication and collaboration, which are all amazing things. It shrinks our very large planet into a flat plane of talking to anyone, anywhere in the world.
So if that’s so amazing, how can there be negatives? Well, social media also is a party for all of the egos in the world. Just like news media in general, it can become a platform for the oh so not famous EGO - the attention-seeker. The EGO - attention seeker lacks true happiness and therefore wants you to portray your lives falsely. The individuals who follow through with their EGO's pump up how GREAT their lives are with only perfect instagram pictures, sharing only amazing wonderful things about relationships, traveling and nothing...well not fabulous.
There are no stories of overcoming failure or struggle into the light. All of this "perfect life" shit displayed across these social platforms is NOT THE TRUTH, and doesn't show the true authenticity of the soul who sits behind the computer or iphone.
HOW HAVE SO MANY PEOPLE TURNED THEIR ATTENTION TO BEING PERFECT...IN THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA?
The impact of celebrities on social media
Wanting to gain status as an individual or as a business
The push from successful entrepreneurs how to increase followers, get more money, live your brand etc.
WHAT IS THE IMPACT ON THE INDIVIDUALS WHO LISTEN TO THE EGO THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA?
They start to believe that the amount of likes and hearts on their posts and pictures, define their worth
They begin to pull away from reality - instead of living in the moment, they’re too focused on what would make a good post or picture
They push an alternate version of themselves into the world which leads to developing connections that aren’t authentic and pure hearted
After reading this, can you identify with being an attention-seeker through the Ego? Can you identify who the attention-seekers are in your social media life? It's important to PAY ATTENTION when you’re scrolling through your social platforms, this is something that is very important to know and understand.
Why? Because "perfect" lives DO NOT EXIST. Perfection is fake, authenticity is the blood-running, heart flipping, imperfectly beautiful human that you are. Whether you are the attention-seeker who is living through your Ego or are living in a world surrounded by attention-seekers it only can do one thing and that's wreck havoc on YOUR OWN SOUL.
WHAT IS THE IMPACT ON YOUR OWN LIFE...BY BEING IN CONNECTION WITH ATTENTION-SEEKERS?
It makes you believe that perfection is a thing
Comparison. Comparison is the thief of all joy. You find yourself comparing your own life to the life of someone who appears unbreakable and successful at all times
You may start to be sucked into the hole of the attention-seekers
You may feel depressed, unworthy
You may stop sharing your own beautiful, authentic life
IF YOU'RE AN ENTREPRENEUR YOUR QUESTION MIGHT BE... " HOW DO I CREATE A SUCCESSFUL BRAND WITHOUT DOING THIS?
If you’re a business, you’re a BRAND. I’m not saying to not apply filters and make a photo fit in with your brand's mission. I AM saying, don’t be fake and unreal just to increase your following and sales. Photos are beautiful, but what really can help add authenticity is the description below it.
SO HOW CAN ATTENTION-SEEKERS SEEK HELP? HOW CAN OTHERS NOT FALL INTO THE FOLLOWING SUIT?
Take a Break from Social Media- Put down the iPhone and binge yourself on all things social media. It’s hard, I’m not going to lie and say it’s not! Start in small doses and agree to not be on your phone from the time you wake up until a certain time.
Live in the Moment- Breathe and live in the moment. Stop focusing on what around you will make for a good photo opp and enjoy where you are. Nothing compares to a moment experienced versus a moment captured. Experience always wins.
Embrace Authenticity- Remind yourself to not fall into the hole of being an attention-seeker. Embrace who you are at all times.
What are your thoughts on this topic? I would love to hear in the comments below! XO