Take more pictures. Fuck what anyone says about phone addiction, or “living in the moment”, or anything. Take sloppy pictures of your friends, artistic pictures of the sunset, and pointless pictures of flowers. Commemorate every moment, no matter how small. Make them all special. Take more pictures.
When I am older, I don’t want to have to look at my kids when they ask what I did in my youth, and hesitate. I don’t want to have to tell them that I spent my days scrolling through the internet, watching pointless “viral videos” and looking at pictures of famous people. I don’t want to tell them that some of my greatest moments were captured on camera, but only in the form of 24hour photos that have long since disappeared into the realm of forgotten cyberspace.
I don’t want to have to tell my kids that all I really did with the beautiful thing we call youth is spend my days constantly checking my phone and rarely venturing beyond my computer screen.
I didn’t join social media at all until I was eighteen years old. And now, nearly three years later, I’m starting to see myself become one of those people: the kind who spends the better part of my daylight hours watching someone else live life on my screen. The kind who is subtly, but deeply influenced by the idea that if I don’t post updates or photos of something cool, that it didn’t really happen.
In the past two years since starting college, I’ve watched this rift between what is real and what only exists through the image on our screens grow ever larger, ever more daunting. On a daily basis I take in more data and information than I could ever hope to hold, but have found that the vast majority of it is vapid, lifeless, and could hardly be considered “stimulating”. Even still, I’ve watched others around me get sucked in as well, until all I see when I walk around campus, is people on their phones, always looking down, forever missing life as it constantly passes them by.
Today i’ve made the decision to stay away from social media for the month of October. I will not check Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat (don’t use Twitter), and just live life on my own terms. I want to take a time out and gather some headspace. I want to lift weights, run, and climb without feeling the need to share what I’m doing. I want to be able to take my trip to Chicago and really live it, not just see it through my Snapchat Camera lense. I want to read some books and actually have the mental capacity to take them in.
I will check in on Tumblr from time to time, because I don’t obsessively check this like I do the others. Usually on two to three times a week. Wish me luck on this experiment.
sometimes I get upset when people don’t take any at all or- only take pictures of their friends doing something stupid like don’t take pictures of people drinking or doing drugs or falling, take pictures of your friends sitting in the grass reading a book, take pictures of your friends drinking coffee in a small cafe, take pictures of your friends tanning at the beach, take pictures of your friends petting a cat that came up to them like is it really that hard for you to see beauty oh my god