Have you ever considered deleting your social media? I know I have thought about it extensively.
Sometimes it's hard to believe I've been a member of Facebook for ten years. I was one of the early members. I remember visiting their homepage and a list of colleges were shown. If your school was listed you could join. If not, then you could petition to have your school added to the site.
My school, the University of Pittsburgh, was on the list so I joined. I never imagined that ten years later I'd still be logging into this site.
I felt fortunate to have this new tool as I could easily keep in touch with my college friends, I also remember the first time I had negative feelings after using Facebook. I was a few months out of college, living by myself and working at my first job when I started seeing photos of my former dorm popping up. Seeing those photos made me incredibly sad. Of course I knew that others were moving into my former dorm room. That is what happens at colleges all across the country, but seeing it made me feel very sad. When I looked at those photos I wanted to yell, "Hey! You're in my old dorm room."
Using Facebook has also made me happy. A lot of my friends participate in the Pittsburgh Marathon and on the day of the race it gives me so much happiness to see some many of my friends proudly displaying their latest accomplishment. Of course, if you are not a runner I can also see how having your news feed full of race pictures could be completely annoying.
I suppose it's those happy moments that make me hang on to my Facebook account. Last week I wrote an article that appeared on the Huffington Post entitled, "If Social Media Were One Of Your Friends." I included Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest in my discussion and how each one could negatively affect my mood. (Click on the picture below to read the article.)
What about you? Do you enjoy social media? Do you feel like you benefit from using it? Do you ever think about deleting your accounts?
Author: Sarah Warman
I like to run, take pictures and write. I've combined all three in this blog.