Before I start this, all of you should know that I’m a digital media major. Graphic design, web design, photography, film, you name it. Social media plays an incredible if not complete part in digital media and so this seems a bit counter-intuitive to begin with considering my background. And I want to make sure that this doesn’t come off as too cliche, because we’ve ALL heard about how we’re addicted to social media.
For the longest time I would have said not me, but looking at how I interact with everyone around me on a daily basis, I can’t say that anymore. And being a digital media major doesn’t really give me that pass, because social media isn’t my job. And when I say social media, I mean active, fast, live-updating feeds. Or in my case twitter and facebook.
I have anxiety and I have always had anxiety. In general it’s been about news, because we know that the only thing reported are the atrocious things and deaths happening this year. I worry a lot and about things I cannot control. While I think getting your news is important, social media has done very well at polarizing my mood on a daily basis. Opinions from people I don’t care about, arguments that I didn’t really need to read, and news that has no bearing on my life continued to bog me down. This played a large part in why I decided to do this.