To share or not to share
Opening the app a few days later, I came back to all kinds of posts that suddenly felt weird. The way that Covid-19 was affecting different countries was cruelly highlighted by the collage of international content on my feed. This included follower-attacks on influencers still travelling, non-medical designer face masks, humble-brag selfies from couples in luxury summerhouses, contrasted with pictures of packed-out medical facilities. The balance of social media felt even more distorted than usual.
So much felt inappropriate, especially when complemented by real-time news updates and press conferences on TV. Even with my own Instagram posts, I was baffled by what to share. Fresh out of my social media distancing exercise, I quickly realised the value of holding back during such an insanely sensitive and fast-moving time. It’s everyone’s individual prerogative as to how much they share on social media, but it’s important to flex that empathy muscle, whoever you are, and especially if you’re in a place of privilege. Despite long debates with friends on this, it’s a point I truly stand by.
Good social media should enrich
So... are you sensing the hypocrisy yet? If yes, you are not alone. Whether it’s guiltily eating meat while aspiring to be vegan, shopping unethical brands while caring about environmental justice, or scrolling social media while knowing full-well it’s not going to make you feel good. We’re all complicit in actions that contradict our beliefs.
Social media can enrich as much as it aggravates, but harnessing positive opportunities in great, informative content is what drives me to keep creating. In my mind, good social media should cut through the noise, meet you where you are and help develop your individual thoughts or concerns into some kind of measurable, IRL (entry level) progress.
With all that in mind, these are some of my top tips for practicing good social media distancing.