Personally, I have been considering removing all of my social media accounts for a while now. Why? I think that there is a certain beauty in not knowing everything my friends are doing. I think that being away from the virtual world makes me more contented with myself and a simple life. I think that without pressures from the outside, I get to appreciate the things and people around me more. I could go on and on with this… So why haven’t I done it?
When I was in high school, I tried it out for 3 months. I gave my phone to my mother for 3 months leading up to the national exams. I gave it up for 2 reasons- to remove any possible distractions, and to take a break. High school for me was quite chaotic. That phase of my life was probably the most direct socializing I’ve done. Text messages come in often and Instagram was on the rise. Selfies were the new thing to master, rather than the communication skills with our classmates. Having more likes was the new gauge of who’s the most popular. I just wanted a break from all this.
So without the phone, I relied on the house phone to get information from friends. Often I’d go home straight to study because I didn’t have a phone to inform my parents on my whereabouts. I also got to stare out the windows during the bus and train rides instead of fixating my eyes on any device. I also became more observant as I got to watch people interact and behave in certain settings. Family gatherings also became more fun and fruitful because I wasn’t expecting any notification. Study times were really productive because I had no one to bug me. Despite all the good things I got out of that experience, I could not live without the phone.
I mean I could. But that would make me “handicapped” in society. Everything now requires the social media platform. Forum discussions are on Facebook, social activities require us to do something on Instagram, even finding a job is more accessible through LinkedIn. Even my own grandmother can only reach me through messenger because she’s in the US. For the love of God I can’t turn my back on the social media scene.
And that is why I have not left my accounts. Woes of being born in a technologically advanced society.