Navigating the Impact of Social Media on Our Reality

Navigating the Impact of Social Media on Our Reality July 6, 2024

In today’s world, social media has become an inseparable part of our lives, blurring the lines between our real and virtual realities. However, I will say that it is crucial to reflect on the role that social media plays in shaping our perception of reality. Is it just a tool for connection and communication, or does it have a more significant impact on our lives? In this column, I want to speak on the influence of social media and explore the idea that holding onto virtual connections solely for the sake of likes, hearts, and popularity may not be worth inviting negative energy into our homes through technology. Let us examine the value of our real and virtual estates, and how we can create a more positive and fulfilling reality.

 

 The Dual Nature of Social Media

 

Social media platforms offers a lot of benefits, such as connecting with friends and family, sharing experiences, and staying informed about current events. However, it is important to acknowledge the potential downsides that come with this digital world. While social media can bring people together, it can also contribute to feelings of isolation, comparison, and the pressure to maintain a certain image. We must understand both about social media and its impact on our reality.

 

The Illusion of Connection

 

In the pursuit of popularity and validation, many individuals are driven to maintain a vast network of virtual connections. However, it is crucial to question the authenticity and depth of these connections. Are we truly fostering meaningful relationships or simply collecting likes and followers? The illusion of connection on social media can lead to a false sense of belonging, ultimately depriving us of genuine human interaction.

 

 The Energy We Invite

 

Every interaction we have, whether in person or online, carries a certain energy or spirit. Social media is no exception. By mindlessly accepting and engaging with negative content, we unknowingly invite that energy into our lives. It is soooo important  to discern and evaluate the impact that certain individuals and online communities have on our well-being. If someone or something is not serving our reality in a positive way, it is within our power to create boundaries and prioritize our mental and emotional health.

 

 The Value of YOUR Real Estate

 

My good friend Dr Velma once stated “My real estate is expensive”, and I didn’t quite get it until now.

Our physical space, our real estate, holds significant value in our lives. It is where we find solace, create memories, and build meaningful connections. However, the intrusion of the virtual world can sometimes overshadow the importance of our physical surroundings. We must remember to prioritize our real estate and protect it from the negative influence of social media. By doing so, we can cultivate a more balanced and fulfilling reality.

 

Curating Our Virtual Estate

Just as we carefully protect our physical space, we must also protect our virtual estate. This involves being intentional about the content we consume, the individuals we interact with, and the communities we engage in. By surrounding ourselves with positive and uplifting content, we can create a virtual space that aligns with our values and contributes to our well-being.

 

What does Listen Linda think?

In the path of navigating the impact of social media in my own reality,I understand NOW how essential  it is to prioritize my own well-being and mental health over the pursuit of virtual validation. We should all be mindful of the energy we allow into our lives and create boundaries that protect our real and virtual estates. Curating our social media feeds can contribute to a more positive and uplifting virtual space. Remember, our real lives hold greater significance than our virtual personas, and it is important to strike a balance between the two. Personally, I  believe that by choosing wisely and consciously curating our virtual world, we can create a reality that is authentic, fulfilling, and aligned with our values. Let us embrace the power we have to shape our own reality, both online and offline.

About Jacquiline Cox
Jacquiline Cox is a Chicago native with an impressive academic background. She graduated from Dunbar Vocational Career Academy and pursued higher education at Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois. Eventually, she obtained her bachelor's degree in business administration with Cum Laude honors from the University of Arizona. . As a 3-time international best-selling author, branding strategist, and global radio podcast host of “Listen Linda!”, she uses her platform to motivate and inspire others. Moreover, Jacquiline is an autism parent advocate, a lupus advocate, and a certified Business Coach, showcasing her commitment to supporting causes close to her heart. You can read more about the author here.

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