I got a Facebook account when I was 13-years-old. I remember how happy I was when I connected with my aunt who lives in Ohio, and how I could send a quick message to her in a matter of seconds. I thought to myself ‘the game has changed.’ I was now able to friend request family members and friends that lived across the world, and I would be able to see what was going on in their lives.
Connecting with Others
Social media became a magical tool when I realized I could send a message to anyone in a matter of seconds no matter where they lived. Being from a small town, surrounded by trees and openness, I was shocked and probably for a little while, obsessed with the fact I could do this. When I first joined social media, in excitement, I immediately began messaging my extended family who lives in other parts of the U.S. saying hi and checking in. I was filled with happiness to get responses from family members that I wasn’t able to connect with very often because of proximity.
I have also met so many amazing people that I would not have met without the use of social media. Being a singer/songwriter, I’ve had people message me about how they heard my song or saw my video and they would love to collaborate on a song, take pics, film a future video, or in some cases, they are just reaching out to tell me they enjoy my music. Social media provides me with endless opportunities because it connects me with people who can help my dream of being a singer/songwriter grow.
Sharing with Others
On social media, I try to surround myself with people who are posting positive things. I love seeing inspirational quotes and pictures of my family and friends succeeding in life. Even though a lot of my friends from high school have taken off to colleges around the U.S., and even though my family is dispersed in multiple states, I am able to see pictures of their recent achievements and what they are doing in their day-to-day lives.
I think of Facebook as a social media platform that I use most to share pictures of myself, my family, adventures traveled, and academic achievements. I get the most response from my family on Facebook because that is the main platform that I have most, if not all, my family members on. I love when my family comments on my posts with support and positive affirmations. Because of social media, I am able to see how my family and friends may be feeling and what is going on in their lives, and they are able to do the same with me.
In a lot of my blogs, I have discussed how social media can be harmful, but I don’t want to forget how much good social media does. It can bring people together in a way that would never be possible without it. I am thankful for the use of social media in the way that it allows me to connect and share with my friends and family.