Social Media & Negativity

I will get back to my 31 Day Blogging Challenge tomorrow, I promise. Just one more (for now) off the cuff post about something I've been thinking about lately.
Oh the joys of social media. Don't you just love it? Could you see your self without it? We've been 'online' for so long that I forget what it's like to not have Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. I remember when Facebook was for college students only and was then called The Facebook. My friend Amanda had to send me the link because I kept typing it in wrong. I didn't like this Facebook thing and deleted it, swearing to only use AIM for the rest of my life.  Oh, AIM and our Away Messages :)

Social media has taken over the world in a big way. Everything has a hashtag (#) and some sort of online presence. As a blogger I'm dependent upon social media to get my posts out there in hopes that people will like what they read and follow me. I use it every day all throughout the day. I've connected with some awesome people on Facebook and Instagram that I've met through the blog-o-sphere. I've also reconnected with some people that I lost touch with over the years.

What I've been thinking about lately is perception. The perception we all receive on social media from other people and sometimes even ourselves. I've heard people say that they'll look at so-and-so's Facebook page and see how perfect and fabulous their lives are and then they'll compare it to their own lives. They then get sad and depressed.  I was in a workshop this past weekend and the speaker started talking about this young woman, 36 and single, who committed suicide. Everyone was completely taken by surprise. Over 1,000 people showed up to her funeral.  Why did she do it, you ask? She was comparing her life to what she thought other people's lives were from what she saw online. She was unhappy at her age and unhappy that she was still single and without a partner in her life. Instead of reaching out to friends and family she hid how she was truly feeling and basically gave up.

People are going to always post the happy moments. Who is really going to post about the tears and the hardships?  All it takes is 1 negative thought to take you down. One will lead to another which will then lead you to another. My dear friend Kate who blogs over at A Thought and a Half recently wrote a post called Say 'No' to Negativity, Be Positive Every Day.  She's absolutely right. I'm tired of so much negativity. Not that anyone in particular is posting negative stuff, but it's negative thoughts that stem from...whatever!

Every once in a while I'll go through my Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts and do a "house cleaning." This isn't to offend anyone or upset anyone to give anyone the impression that I dislike them. I've decided to do another house cleaning. The way I'm going to determine who I keep and who goes is whether or not I associate them with negativity. It probably won't be much of a 'clean up.' I already try to keep negative people away. I just feel like it's time. I don't want to go any further into the New Year with any sort of negativity hanging over my head. I just don't have time for it!  There are too many Good people and too many Good things out there to let Negativity win.

Don't let Negativity Win!
Be Positive & Grateful Every Single Day

I would be very interested to hear your thoughts on this topic, so please share in the comments below!

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