Friday, 27 February 2015

Thought: How is Social Media Influencing You?


R asks us to think about who we follow, and why we follow them 

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Something, my very wise and wonderful mother said a lot to me when I was growing up was "be careful what goes in". While this saying can be happily applied to diet and a myriad of other complications, the context she delivered it in, was watching what we fed our souls with. 

Whether it's through films, music or books my mother is of the opinion that what you absorb has an impact on who you are, how you think and how you feel, and I'm inclined to agree. This doesn't mean we were banned from watching anything other than Disney or listening to anything but Gospel, quite the opposite in fact. What it did mean was that I was cautioned to guard myself if watching something particularly provocative. And this is a practice I have continued well into my grown up life.

You see, if what we take in can affect us, shouldn't we pay closer attention to what we're surrounding ourselves with? I don't want to become numb to things just because I see and hear them all day long. To try and stay sensitive and positive I make the effort to only watch things that make me feel good, to only listen to music that makes me happy and only read what inspires or amuses. 

My mood is easily affected by what I've watched or listened to, so I watch what goes in and guard my responses to it - separating what I'm feeling to what the artist, writer or musician is feeling. 

The other day I realised I didn't continue this approach to my social timelines and that I follow people, read blog posts and connect without much care or attention. So over the next few weeks I will be cleansing my social media, making an effort to surround myself with people, posts and noises that communicate hope, happiness, truth, integrity and productivity. 

Sometimes being happy, being good and being truthful is a conscious decision in the face of life. It's a decision I have to make again and again and hopefully a few more joyous tweets will help me along the way. 

Do you follow any particularly inspiring, entertaining or remarkable people online? 

R x

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