I’ve always had this love-hate relationship with social media, just as people here refer to it a lot. Even nowadays, social media platforms can give me the biggest and most overwhelming feeling of anxiety – unlike my closest friends, I’ve never been bothered with how many followers I have on Instagram or how many people watched my story. I used to have this one friend that would humiliate me by commenting on my old photos “When are you going to post again?” or ”Your insta is dead”. These comments would make me even more anxious and stressed out, as if I was pressured to be active and post about my life daily, when in fact, I was really against it.
And I still,honesly, am. Even nowadays social media leaves me with a feeling of exhaustion and anxiety, yet I still cannot fully unhook myself from its grapple, it’s like a state of being addicted. But there’s more of a positive side to it. Being in Amsterdam now and studying Media and Culture has given me a new outlook on social media, it lets me easily connect with the people I love and miss the most from my home country. Media helps me connect not only with people but with information about the whole wide world (i.e. what’s going on where or who did this and that).
No matter how you look at it, media is an outlet of knowledge and it lives within us, we’ve given it that breath of life and that soul to make us smile and laugh or cry each day. With media, we do not only feel connected, but we connect too and that is what I find mesmerizing and amazing, that we’ve built this world, although it might be flawed and sometimes dark, it’s a creation of us and we decide how to shape further into the future.
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