There are so many different names for social media; honestly you could just replace my title with whatever it means to you. Keep this title in mind though, because I’m going to thoroughly explain to you the “what, how, & why” of my perspective. Before we get started, let’s define the meaning of suicidal:
- Deeply unhappy or depressed and likely to commit suicide.
- Relating to or likely to lead to suicide.
- Likely to have a disastrously damaging effect on one’s self or one’s interests.
Now let’s switch it up a bit, reverse the definitions, and allow me point out what’s likely to have a disastrously damaging effect on one’s self or one’s interests, how it’s relating to or likely to lead to suicide, and why you’re deeply unhappy or depressed and likely to commit suicide. Doesn’t that just flow together so perfectly? Let’s get into it!
How big of a role does social media play in your life? When you wake up in the morning, or middle of the night, what’s the first thing you do? Reach for your phone? Go to the first social media app that’s on your mind, and catch up on the TL? Even if that’s not the first thing you do, let me tell you what’s so damaging about too much intake of social media. Do you ever feel like you’re offended and you don’t know why? Do you ever feel judged? Insecure? Alone and not good enough? We have the whole world at our fingertips, yet we still feel isolated. We live in desolation, yet we get on social media, everyday just to see what other people’s lives are like, and what they’re up to. Have you noticed how social media has turned into a world wind of opinions? Do you realize you’re reading the opinions of others’, day in and day out? Aren’t they stuck in your head? Everybody’s the fashion police or the person that decides how significant you are, based on where you work or how you live. Don’t you think of them before you post a selfie, a status, or share a life changing event? Now, imagine what your mental health and love for yourself would be like, if you monitored the time you spend feeding into other people’s obnoxious thoughts and negative attitudes. What if you just took 3 days off to focus on yourself and clear your mind of the opinions of others’? How much of a positive impact that would be on thoughts related to or likely to lead to suicide!
Why are you deeply unhappy and/or depressed, you ask? Because you are consumed with the thoughts and opinions of others’, which leads to over-thinking, then low self-esteem, then insecurity. All of a sudden you’re seeking the approval of others. You feel unloved, even though you are truly adored. You feel like other people’s lives are better than yours. You feel like you aren’t where you should be in life, based on where someone else is in life, at your age or even younger. You compare yourself, constantly. Second guess yourself, and will even be having a pretty good day, until you get on social media, scrolling! We already have thousands of thoughts to deal with on our own, but then we have the nerve to get on social media, and add to them?! By tending to other people’s lives?! This is what slows us down. This is what keeps us from investing in ourselves and our dreams. This is what keeps us from accomplishing our goals. You ever told yourself you were gonna let go of the negativity in your life, but then got on social media, and went right back to it? Social media can be whatever we make it to be, but let’s be honest, there is A LOT of negative content on there, and depending on what kind of head space you’re in, what are you gonna pay more attention to??? Learn to take care of your heart and mind! Be mindful of what you allow IN! The Word of God says think on these things! ..whatever is true, honorable, right, pure, and lovely.. Philippians 4:8.
Ultimately, it’s up to you if you want to be happy or depressed, positive or negative, but I promise you, if you just START with taking some time OFF of social media, you’ll see how much of a difference it makes in your mental state of being. You think you’ll be bored without it, but honestly it makes things better. You know it’s our thoughts that lead to our actions, anyway, which is why people turn to suicide. But that’s another blog for another time. This isn’t any research based scientific facts or anything, just pure life lessons I’ve learned through experiences and a perspective to take into consideration. I pray this helps someone. Don’t hesitate to do whatever it is you need to do to add peace to your life. We only have ONE to live!