LIV­ING DIS­CON­NECTED

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“I am your typ­i­cal 16-year-old girl – a cur­rent Riverdale ad­dict, boy-crazed, and try­ing to nav­i­gate life in the ado­les­cent years. And Au­gust marked the one-year an­niver­sary since I said good­bye to so­cial me­dia and I’ve never been hap­pier! I did have al­most ev­ery­thing, rang­ing from In­sta­gram to Snapchat to Tum­blr. Hit­ting high school just like ev­ery other teenager in my grade, I was the big­gest so­cial­me­dia ad­dict. I snapped up a photo op­por­tu­nity ev­ery chance I got, tak­ing a gazil­lion self­ies just to get the right one in the cor­rect light­ing to post. Each morn­ing I would wake up and jump straight on my phone and then re­peat this process be­fore bed. Even­tu­ally, I was spend­ing hours and hours a week ob­sess­ing over my feed and try­ing to come up with catchy bios. I didn’t just wake up one day and delete all my ac­counts, but I did come to a re­al­i­sa­tion that I had se­ri­ously be­come dis­con­nected from the world. I was on­line so much that

I would only see my fam­ily at din­ner and aside from school would only talk to my friends on­line. I ar­rived at school one day and for the first time just saw ev­ery­thing for what it was, ev­ery­one with their head downs on their phones, tex­ting peo­ple who were lit­er­ally across the room. That day, I de­cided I would try a de­tox from all so­cial me­dia for a few days. I had such a sense of free­dom and I wanted that feel­ing to con­tinue. That even­tu­ally led me to chal­lenge my­self to see how long I could hold off, and I found that I was try­ing new ac­tiv­i­ties that I never would have con­sid­ered be­fore. After a few weeks I de­cided to let my­self back on but I was barely us­ing it and de­cided to de­ac­ti­vate my ac­counts! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not say­ing so­cial me­dia is bad, be­cause it’s hard feel­ing like the last per­son in the world to find out about Chan­ning Tatum and Jenna De­wan’s break-up. But ul­ti­mately, in the long run, it is so worth it. I have found out who my true friends are (even if it’s a pain for them to have to call me). You may be think­ing = how are you meant to stalk the ex and his new gf? (Well, I didn’t say that this was per­fect…) As for dat­ing, looks like I am go­ing to have to en­dure the good old-fash­ioned awk­ward IRL en­coun­ters. But as cliché as it sounds, I re­ally am just my­self now, no smoke, no mir­rors. Just me.”

We spoke to Ge­orgie De­sailly who gave up so­cial me­dia and ac­tu­ally loves it!

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