Instagram, Facebook, and the other social media apps have quickly dominated our lives. Rather than live our life, we curate and document what we want people to see. Do you think it’s about time to see the world as it is, without the filters?
Social media taking over our lives is an understatement. The social application actually own us for quite some time now. Recently, everyone is so psyched to use Instagram and its cool feature: Instagram stories and live.
Most of your friends and people you follow, will at one point, test out this new feature until the time comes when they want everything and anything about their day are documented. Why? So people can see what they have been up to for that day or the previous 24 hours.
Does It Really Matter?
Instagram is a mobile photo-sharing application that lets you share photos and videos, either privately or publicly. It also has filters and other editing tools to further enhance your photo before sharing it.
Over time, the occasional photo and video sharing have become a habit. Instagram users started sharing photos of them with the hashtag #wokeuplikethis. Others document what they had for breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner and even their midnight snack! Moreover, some curate their posts to show the places they have visited.
After painstakingly editing photos and videos, uploaded it on Instagram, you now (admit it or not) wait for friends or followers to push the heart icon to let you know they like your post. After that, what now? Did you notice how beautiful the sunset was after capturing it?
Stop and Live!
Sharing is not a bad thing but you have to stop and start living – actually living. Enjoy the beauty of your surroundings. Breathe it all in instead of being there and snapping away. Soak up the experience instead of wondering when you’ll get some sort of Internet connection to upload the pictures or make some witty statuses about your whereabouts. One day you might have beautiful pictures but can hardly remember what it felt like to be in that moment.
Rather than making your food picture-perfect for your followers, eat it. They don’t need to know every single thing that is happening in your life because they are probably living out their life too.
Your life should not be dictated by the number of hearts your post received, it should be more meaningful than that. Rather than browse the places you’ve seen friends go, plan to go there instead. Create the experience and but don’t post it instantly. Keep it to yourself, savor the moments when you and a friend got lost, as an example.
Do take note that while you wait for an Instagram user’s posts, he or she may just be enjoying the moment alone before sharing it to the whole Instagram community. Don’t forget to live, Instagram or Facebook will be there waiting. Remember, you only have one life to live, make the most out of it.