There is a difference between wanting attention and bringing attention to something; It is determined by the person who shares.
Selfies have become an everyday occurrence. People post pictures at the gym, work, with family and friends, or maybe just a single selfie waiting for a train or at an airport. It has become the norm in our world.
I posted a new Facebook selfie profile picture the other day, and immediately people were liking and commenting….and I honestly had a tough time taking it in. I mean yes it was nice what they commented, and the notifications of the likes were sweet, but I really just wanted to change my profile picture without drawing attention to myself.
After I posted though, I went back through all of my prior profile pictures, and I remembered what was happening in my life at the time, and it was not that I was bringing attention to myself with pretty filters, but I was sharing my life, I was sharing where I was in my life at that time.
The picture from yesterday. I was sitting in a coffee shop just letting myself have a few minutes away from the rest of the world as I have been nonstop the past few months. I was waiting for my coffee and my French toast panini (which I did not post to Instagram ;)..) it was a basic selfie but I was documenting life.
I have seen so much lately about how we spend too much time on social media, and how social media can affect our family lives etc…but the truth is, we will never be able to really stay away from it.
We are going to want to take a picture in front of a pretty painting at a museum or a tree in our backyard, or as I have seen recently couples taking selfies on their honeymoon, we are going to want to take a picture of our food and put in on Instagram, we are going to want to retweet whoever it might be on Twitter, and we are going to want to scroll through our newsfeeds on Facebook to stay in touch with people who might even just live down the street…
Selfies and social media are the reality for us all.
So instead of writing these long posts on social media about how much it is affecting our lives for the worst, maybe we should focus more that maybe it is for the better. Before social media people would take pictures at certain times and events and there was never enough time, before social media people would just talk about the places they went, before social media we only knew very few people. Sure of course we do not need to document everything, but we should not scold others for doing that if they want to, and if people say “social media,” is to blame for their problems, then there is a bigger problem.
We created the kind of world we live in today, and no one can change the direction of any of it overnight, but it is important to remain who we are, and enjoy doing what we like to do, it is important to have class and show value to things, it is important to appreciate the people in our lives.
I know for me personally, I am just going to love Jesus and live life, because at the end of the day that is really all that is required of any of us.
“ O man He has shown you what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)