I respect you so much for writing this piece. Although it is each individual’s prerogative to share their lives on social media — as well as the extent to which they do so — something must be said for the sacredness of truly being alone. Simply enjoying our lives with our families, children, and friends, without seeking recognition from the social media world.
Social media has certainly ingrained in our minds a constant need for validation. Studies on the impact of social media on the brain have proven that these constant likes, follows, shares, and the myriad of social interactions that occur online feed our brain like an addiction.
Many people simply can’t help themselves — they are addicted to the dopamine rush that comes from being seen, being liked, being followed, on Instagram, Facebook, etc.
It truly is horrifying. One way in which I’ve deliberately countered these effects is by abstaining from social media for a long time. When I finally resumed using Instagram, I was extremely intentional with my habits. No notifications on my phone, specific times that I allow myself to use social media. After posting, I won’t check until the next day. No checking obsessively throughout the day, no scrolling through the screen looking for validation.
Good for you for maintaining boundaries between your personal life and social life. Nicely done article!