When I’m thinking of media, the first emotion that comes to my mind is I love it. I mean, I spend several hours a day on multiple social media platforms, own many different devices, love to watch a series/movie on Netflix in the evening to relax! So I definitely love it… right?
Well, partially, for the most part even! But for me, media can also have its dark sides.
But let’s start with the good ones! As already mentioned, I spend a lot of time on social media, especially Instagram. I can keep in touch with my friends, stay updated about my favourite celebrities and get inspired by other people that share content of the things I’m passionate about. I would say that my life definitely wouldn’t be the same today without social media. I met my best friends on there, connected with people all around the world thanks to a very intimate fan base that I became a part of, which now even gave me the chance to become an ambassador for my favourite DJ! This all wouldn’t have been possible if I hadn’t started an Instagram account where I share my enthusiasm about my favourite DJ. I would even go so far as to say that this account has made me the person I am today. A huge part of my life consists of media (usage) and I am totally fine with that. To me, it rather feels like an enrichment than something I should be worried about.
On the other hand, I also need to say that especially social media does have its dark sides. Since my pre-teens, I felt very insecure with the way I look. And I still do. When I was about 12, I used to compare myself to celebrities that were pictured in the magazines I read. But social media has brought this potential of comparison to a whole new level. Millions of other people that I can compare to and the line of real and fake is rather blurry. As a person who tends to overthink quite easily, I can say that I often find myself doubting myself even more easily than I already would in real life. It is easy to get lost in beauty standards or idealized accomplishments that are presented online. So even though I really do love my media and all the beautiful things in life that I’ve gained through it, sometimes I just get frustrated and confused. And sometimes I’m even at the point where I want to delete all my social media accounts and never want to touch my phone again. So I think I can say, that for me, how to handle media and when to draw boundaries for myself is a constant process of learning. But despite all this, I am grateful that I have the privilege to freely use and express myself through all kinds of media.