In the 21st century, it is hard for people to imagine what life is like without any social media platforms. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are extremely important in helping us stay connected and in contact with our family and friends.
When you meet somebody new, the question "what is your Instagram?" is almost guaranteed to come up. So imagine people's surprise when I say that I do not have any.
At 19 years of age, I do not use Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and do not have any future plans to start using them any time soon.
MOST PEOPLE'S REACTION WHEN THEY FIND OUT THAT I DO NOT USE INSTAGRAM.
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People often ask me "why?" and it is a reasonable question that I had thought long about.
Social media is not evil or bad by any means. It acts as platforms to help us make and maintain relationships. It also allows us to share and express our thoughts and experiences with the world.
Social media even allows us to communicate with our friends who live far away. In these aspects, social media is brilliant.
However, despite all the great things that social media offers, it is something that is just not for me. And I am not trying to make a statement or be cool by not using social media.
MY OLD BLACKBERRY PHONE THAT I CONTINUED USING TILL 2014.
When Twitter and Instagram was all the rage in 2012, I was still using my old Blackberry phone. If you were ever a Blackberry user, you would understand how few applications it actually supports.
Even after switching to an iPhone, I was never able to get used or become comfortable with sharing my thoughts or moments of my life on the internet. A private person by nature, the thought of sharing my personal details with strangers on the internet baffles me.
While it may seem difficult to believe, not using social media actually does not have any huge impact on my social life. If I have something to tell or share with my friends, it is usually done through texts or in real life.
HAS EVERYBODY FINISHED TAKING PHOTOS OF THEIR FOOD YET? CAN I PLEASE EAT NOW?
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One of the best things I find about not using social media is probably that I do not have to worry about building a social media identity or how other people see me.
Occasionally, I do miss out on certain things. In a few of my polytechnic classes, lecturers put up updates on class timings and assignments on Facebook. Fortunately, my friends were able to let me know if there was something important so I did not actually miss out on anything major.
For most, not having social media means that they are unable to keep up with what their friends have been up to. But rather than having to browse through news feed to catch up with my friends, I prefer meeting them in real life or texting them directly instead.
While I do not think that social media is something harmful (it does have its pros), it is something I would not choose to use. I would much rather just communicate with my friends the old-fashioned way.