So back when I was pregnant, I was pretty fueled with rage and I posted a little rant about social media. I also promised something about balancing it out and writing a piece on why I love social media. Now that I am well passed the hormone-induced Anger Fest and having time for ~**thoughts**~~ I’m here to deliver on my promise.
Why I Actually Love Social Media
- Make new friends: As a highly sensitive introvert with social anxiety, making friends can be an absolute nightmare. Especially when I was younger. I spent a lot of time on LiveJournal and really built up a community of people who understood me. When Facebook rolled around, many of us friended each other. That was twelve years ago. I am still friends with a lot of these people. They live around the states and the world. I consider a couple of them good friends and I’ve known them LONGER THAN MY HUSBAND.
- But keep the old: I guess I’ve moved a lot in my 31 years. What is considered a lot anyways? All I know is trying to explain the history of my residency to people gets a lot of raised eyebrows. Facebook and other such things (MySpace way back when) enabled me to keep in contact with people. It’s not always easy for me to do this for reasons mentioned above. As much as I like a person, I don’t have it in me to phone call enough to stay friends. Social media let’s me stay in contact, rather I want to do so at a distance or up close and personal. Granted, there are some people I’d rather not remember I ever knew, but they have controls for that.
- Normalcy: There are absolutely some poisonous things that come out of social media. I’ve experienced the grass-is-always-greener effect and even stalking. But on the other side of that, when people are being real, I have discovered a feeling of normalcy. I used to think that some of the quirky things I did or felt made me an absolute weirdo and outcast. I felt pretty alone. But when someone writes a heartfelt status or posts an intelligent meme on mental health and the like, I’ve come to realize that there are people out there just like me. It’s pretty powerful.
Those three points don’t even cover the basic value of social media: entertainment. I have to get my fill of belly laughs and WTF moments daily. Plus, there’s the advantage of networking and advertising. So, as much as I complain, I’m pretty much a social media junkie.