Confessions: How I Got Addicted to Social Media

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Believe it or not, social media had an incredible impact on me like strangers support you more quotes. I loved the idea that I could connect with people all over the world and be instantly recognized for my knowledge and perspective. It was exhilarating to see how many likes and comments a post would get, even if its content was bland; my ego fueled by social recognition. My addiction eventually got more out of control than I realized—it wasn’t just posting, but spending hours scrolling through every detail of every user’s online identity in search for anything that might spark my interest just one more time.

1. What led you to create this article?

I noticed that a lot of people were complaining about the high cost of posting and the fact that it’s hard to make money from social media. It was becoming more and more difficult for anyone who wanted to actually make money from social media. It’s not possible anymore, especially for a less wealthy person like myself. I’ve spent so much time chasing likes and comments, imagining what other people might think of me if they only knew the real me, but in the end it didn’t really matter. The most important thing is that I had a lot of fun after social media ruined my life.

2. This being an unplanned blog post, how did you come to write it?

I was bored one evening and began searching for blog post ideas. This one just flowed from my fingertips and I had a lot of fun writing it. I think its tone is witty, and in some parts a little funny. I also think the length will make people leave without reading the whole thing, which I find amusing as well.

3. Did you have any extra stipulations in your contract with Google when they adopted AdSense?

Nope! I’m sure if anyone asked them to pay me money for AdSense they’d probably sue me if they knew how much time I spent creating content for social media sites (my thoughts :P).

4. What do you think of your post’s name?

I had a hard time coming up with a title for it. I wanted something that could hint at some of the things that people do on social media, but also make them curious to read more. I think “Confessions” gets this point across pretty well.

5. How many times have you removed your own content?

I’m not sure off the top of my head—probably around ten times, which is kinda lame and embarrassing tbh. I cleaned up the article in case they were going to remove it because they knew how many boring details were in here (my thoughts :P). 

6. Is there anything that you regret writing or doing and why?

I think 90% of everything that I wrote in this article is actually accurate. However, I went through a huge phase where I was “fake” as hell on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

7. Do you think your post will help others to break out of their own social media addiction?

Maybe some people like me are just more susceptible to social media addiction than other people. I don’t think it’s like a serious disease or anything. 

8. At what point did you start to realize that you were addicted to social media?

When I was just having fun, going through my photos on Instagram all the time and checking it every hour. I didn’t really consider myself addicted until I realized that my life had become nothing but social media. 

9. If you could change or edit anything about your post, what would it be?

I think the only thing I’d change is the actual ending of this piece because it is kind of abrupt and drawn out. In reality, people don’t use social media to build their reputation but instead spend all their time trying to find ways to get attention from those who already have a strong profile and following. 

10. After this article does become popular, how do you feel about the quotes that were made about you?

I feel completely overwhelmed by the attention it’s gotten on social media. It sends chills down my spine how many people have read my post in the first 24 hours. I don’t understand why people like me are getting so much attention when it’s normal to me and most others reading this piece. I’m excited to see what will happen next! (my thoughts :P).

11. What’s your favorite quote?

“No matter how much time you put into Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube, nothing is going to get you closer to being a famous YouTuber or an amazing blogger. 

From this point forward, I will not be addicted to social media and will not give it the power to tear my life apart. 

I’m at peace.”

12. What’s your least favorite quote?

“If you’re cool, people will want to follow you on Instagram and respect your thoughts on Twitter or Facebook.”

Basically, anyone who reads this post should really want to read it. I had a lot of fun writing it with all the details that I put into it—its length (and even my opinion) illustrates how much time I put into creating this rant about how terrible social media is. Without a doubt, this rant has changed me and probably some others reading it as well. 

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