So last week I had a small moment, a wobble if you will, where I wanted to shut down all my social media accounts.
I’ve been feeling very disillusioned with humanity in general but especially on social media. I cant handle the images of dead children and mauled animals. I cant stand the self riotous lecturing and sanctimonious bullshit. My eye twitches every time something that is meant to be lighthearted and funny is taken overly seriously.
I get that there are causes and issues close to peoples hearts (as there are a few close to mine) and I encourage constructive conversations and the sharing of knowledge. What I cant deal with is the ‘I’m right and you’re wrong therefore you’re a bad person and need to be raked over the coals’ mentality.
What happened to engaging with people, to sharing knowledge and learning new things, making friends and having fun? What happened to the ‘social’ in social media?
I took a few days to think about it and have decided that instead of kicking SM to the curb entirely I would rather whittle down the people, pages and brands that I follow to a more manageable and social level.
This means brands that are not relevant are going. People that do not know personally and that do not interact with me (and that I do not interact with) are going. People who post images and links to violent and gory stories are going? People on soap boxes are going. People who cant take a joke and want to clutch their pearls and wag their fingers are going.
I’m not saying I’m perfect. I’m not. I have moments when I take things too seriously or climb on my own soap box and I’m working on not doing that anymore either.
I’m pretty sure I will upset more than a few people. Cant be helped though. My mental well being is more important.