Living life through ‘the gram’ – tips for a less ‘social’ life

It’s 11pm, I should be writing an assignment or doing the million of things on my to-do list but no, like most evenings I’ve found myself doing the daily marathon going from Facebook to Twitter to Instagram etc, scrolling the next hour of my life away. Pure procrastination to get away from my essay, there are plenty of other things I could be doing with my time. But it made me think about my own use of social media. For those of you who’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll remember my two old posts about a similar topic from over two years ago. Social media has changed so much since then and our reliance on it has only grown. Technology has grown as I’ve grown up. Seeing the ten-year challenge this week made me think back to ten years ago (I will spare you with the photo, it’s not pretty). Ten years ago I was in Year 7 with my first ‘proper’ phone that wasn’t a brick. I didn’t use Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat. I spoke to my friends on MSN after school (throwback or what). As I grew through school iPhones started to come in, there was a realisation that you could now download games on phones thanks to Android, we started using Facebook more, your Nintendo DS Lite wasn’t so cool anymore, Instagram, Snapchat and Whatsapp came in. I watched YouTubers but had no idea about the lucrative industry that was only growing and the…

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