Social media gets a bad name and some stick.
I’m a huge believer in you find what you look for.
I can go onto Twitter right now and find negativity.
I can also go onto Twitter right now and find positivity.
Hopefully, what I am going to share with you today will show you a real-life example of the good that can be found in social media.
The negativity on social, is just a replication of what is going on in people’s lives.
If somebody, consumes a piece of your content – a post, video, quote or anything you post on social, and feels the need to leave a negative, horrible, or hateful comment just imagine where that person must be in life – I would assume in some really dark places.
Social, just gives these individuals the outlet to spread the pain they are going through, by spreading it to others as misery loves company and, in the process, hiding their identifies for the most part.
While this isn’t social media companies’ fault, it is, of course, their responsibility to do something to change it.
However, I truly believe if we really want to change it, blocking or removing accounts, putting temporary or permanent bans isn’t going to do shit.
- People will always find a way…
- It’s not really getting to the route of the problem…
The route of the problem, lies in the fact people are hurting, have self-esteem issues, confidence challenges, and feel stuck and lost in life with no purpose.
The route of the problem is people are depressed AF, working jobs they hate, and living lives they hate!
Hey… I can relate…
At the time of writing this, I’m 24-years-old and have been on my personal growth journey for about 3 years.
In this time, I have overcome severe anxiety and depression without the use of popping pills through the power of personal growth, mindset work, AND get this… building a community of like-minded people THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA.
Yep, that’s right…
Social media was one of the tools, I used to help me overcome severe anxiety and depression.
But, isn’t social what causes these mental challenges?
It’s in how you are using them…
And, when I say severe anxiety and depression, I mean severe!
I even found it extremely difficult to go into a supermarket without having a panic attack.
Social media, was just one of the tools I used to help me to overcome anxiety and depression but how?
… I’ve already kind of given it away but…
I was able to do this by creating and building a like-minded community of people who showed me that I was not alone.
I have been able to build friendships with people, using the technology that we have at our figure tips, to connect with people whose stories and journeys I related too and helped me to see that it’s okay to be different, in fact that’s our superpower… in being different!
But for so long in was a huge insecurity of mine, that was causing a great deal of the anxiety…
You see, I’ve never been your traditional young person of drinking, clubbing and all of that shit. I just don’t understand it.
So, being around people that were into those sorts of things, was really difficult for me…
Well, that was until I turned to social and use it in a positive way to connect with like-minded people who don’t want to use this age to do those sorts of things…
But, to use this age to build something meaningful…
To use this age to grow, develop ourselves, and overcome those insecurities that we all have!
And that’s a really important point because it’s those same insecurities that causes people to be hateful on social, to spread negativity, and bring others down.
Whether we like it or not, those insecurities will keep showing up in our lives until we do something about it!
This is where the personal growth and mindset work comes into play – which is another topic for another day but is so important and is actually linked to even using social media in this way that I’m sharing…
Because, at the end of the day it’s all about perspective!
My perspective is, through experience, social media is a tool. A tool that human beings created and if we were all to stop posting, would disappear just like that!
So, we are in control.
And, as we are in control, we get to choose HOW we use this tool to either enrich and better our lives or ultimately… to have the opposite effect – which I don’t see why you would want to do that but do understand as again, if you’re hurting – misery loves company!
While I’m not somebody who likes to dwell on the past, during my regular reflections it sometimes comes to me what would have happened if I didn’t have of used social in this way?
Where would I have ended up?
Because, although I always had the belief, I would get out of the situation I was in if it was 25 years earlier, and I was the same age, I would have been fucked…
I mean, I’m a man and young and would have just been told to have swept my thoughts, feelings, emotions, and the list goes on under the carpet…
I would have been told to just work this job that I fucking hated, that was making me depressed AF and you hang out with the people you know, or you don’t go out at all!
There was no, connecting with the Ryan Hartley’s, Emily Formea’s, Leeroy Mabonga’s, and the list goes on of the 1990’s (and earlier) because you didn’t have the technology to do so!
Ps. Ryan, Emily, and Leeroy are all real people I’ve had the pleasure to connect with!
And, so for all the hate and negative press social gets, I actually view it as a real gift, that we all now have that past generations didn’t.
We have the possibility to go on Instagram, type in something we’re interested in, and start to connect with others, who are also interested in that same thing who might be across the other side of the world!
That just blows my mind and is just one way of going about it.
So, whoever you are, whenever you’re through, you have the tool to change your life for the better if you decide to use it in a positive way, and in the way, it was intended…
To bring people, from all-over the world together to create one worldwide community.
I hope you choose to use it in this way, because I’ve been a part thus far of the great positives it can have, all of which saved me from even more dark times, and gods knows what else…
Until next time!