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When Instagram and Facebook went down the other day, did you even know or were you constantly refreshing your screen to see when on earth they were going to be back up?  We didn’t realize anything was happening until our SG IG post reminding people to schedule their Mammogram, because they are important and because it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, failed to load for hours.  It was a nice social media break to be honest, so much time was freed up to work, read, be present, and focus on tasks at hand.  

More and more we are drawn to Social Media accounts that expose the posed, filtered and glamorous viewpoint that IG represents, versus reality which is unposed, zero  filter, aka real life.  There is a whole generation of us that remember when life wasn’t documented, filmed and edited to showcase to anyone willing to watch, where kids looked like kids and teenagers didn’t look like airbrushed models.  It is actually funny, in a WOW you are ancient way, to have these sort of nostalgic musings with anyone 25 or younger.  They grew up with technology we didn’t even know to dream about.  We thought flying cars were the way of the future, we had no idea we would one day have the ability to carry around a phone, computer, camera, and information portal in our pockets!  

We live in a culture where everyone's opinion, view, and assessment of situations and people spill across social media, a lot of it anonymously, much of it shaped by mindless meanness and ignorance. -Mike Barnicle

A few months ago when our school district was debating masks and mask mandates, we took a peek at people's (aka parents, caregivers, teachers, random people on IG) comments on the district's post regarding their upcoming vote.  It was eye opening, shocking and more than a little scary.  Growing up we were taught to always be polite, kind and to never judge others openly, so reading the hateful and dark comments were quite shocking and got us thinking about whether people would say these vile things in person?  Based on our viewing of the board meeting, no, people said rude things, but nothing was outright vile.  So why do people post and comment using verbiage that they would rarely use in the real world?  Because fortunately or unfortunately, social media gives people a platform where instead of using it for good, allows them to remove all socially acceptable filters and reveal their true feelings, no holds barred.  

Hate speech has no place on social media. -Germany Kent

If you are reading this thinking, I really like social media, I am not an internet troll, then good for you, if it brings you joy, keep scrolling and posting.  If it is stressing you out, take a break.  But before you pick up your phone to scroll mindlessly for the millionth time today, ask yourself a few questions.

  1. Is there anything I need to be doing besides this?

Social media can be fun and enjoyable, it allows you to keep in touch with old friends and virtually meet a whole new tribe, it can be a space where you feel heard and seen.  But if you are losing hours of your day scrolling, or feel depressed after viewing posts, set limitations on what accounts you follow and how long you utilize the app or apps.   

  1. Does this lift me up or tear me down? 

In reality there is always going to be a younger, thinner, perkier and prettier person for you to compare yourself to on social media, maybe they edited themselves, maybe they are that visually perfect.  But this is the real world, life goes on and frankly we are personally uninterested in what people eat in a day and how much they workout to look like that.  But if it makes you feel bad, UNFOLLOW them!  Your body is a temple, perhaps a curvy temple that enjoys chocolate M&Ms and while we might not worship every wrinkle, area of cellulite or stomach giggle, learn to appreciate all that your body does for you, every single day.  Follow accounts that focus on mental health, body positivity, beauty in diversity, social action, LGTBIA rights and empowerment.  Build yourself and others up IRL (in real life) and online, empower and follow those who do the same.

There are positive things that come of social media as well as negative.
-Millie Bobby Brown
  1. Should I delete social media or take a break?

Again, if it serves no purpose other than to make you feel bad about yourself or you use it as a tool to tear others down, at the very least take a break.  Social media should be fun, joyous and a little like an unexpected treat.  If it isn’t any of those things, delete.  Remember, you can always sign back in if you change your mind.  

When it comes to social media, there are just times I turn off the world, you know. There are just some times you have to give yourself space to be quiet, which means you've got to set those phones down. -Michelle Obama

Since we are on the topic of social media, we would love for you to follow us on IG, @supportgroupsforeveryone for a little dose of support, positive quotes and sunshine every weekday.  

I dwell in possibility. -Emily Dickinson


Wishing you all nothing but the best, 

Team SG


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