Live in the moment, social media is ruining our lives

Caitlyn Hansbury, Opinions Manager

Living in the digital age, our technological devices feel essential to our everyday lives. If it’s not in our hand, then we consciously know where our smartphone is at any moment. We use them to take photos, keep track of our diet and exercise goals, to tell time and to stay connected with our friends and family through social media.

       Social media was designed for us to stay connected with friends and family members, but has now become the latest and greatest thing to become obsessed with. Everyone has different forms of social media that range from Facebook and Twitter, to Instagram and Snapchat. However, we all use these social media platforms differently –– whether it be to post and engage in political discussions, stay up-to-date with family from distant places or find a good meme for a laugh.

       Although many people are constantly checking these apps to see the newest post, many times they forget to live in the current moment. All too frequently, photos are taken for the sole purpose of getting Instagram likes or to post on a Snapchat story, all which takes you out of the moment, possibly reflecting the current standing of your self-worth. I am guilty of this, as I am sure many you are, as well.

       There are many moments that we will miss and don’t take the proper time to enjoy because we are too concerned about posting about it on social media. Many people think that if they didn’t post about a night out with friends that it isn’t validated. I’m not saying not to take pictures with your loved ones and post them on social media, but rather be conscious about your social media usage. Don’t be afraid to put your phone down every once in a while, to enjoy the things in your life that you won’t be able to capture through video or photograph..