I remember moments when catching up with friends I haven’t seen in a while. They’d update me about big events in their lives and I’d respond “Yeah! I remember seeing that on facebook”
We now live in a generation where technology and social media has become an integral part of our lives. I realized as I read my facebook feed, that it was an illusion that made me feel connected to others when in reality, I really wasn’t. It amazed me how much time I spent in a day staying updated about other people without ever having to talk to them. What was even worse was that I found myself comparing myself with others and questioned if my life was as exciting as someone else’s. It made me a little depressed.
Social Media was more of a distraction rather than a connection. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, but I definitely found myself distracted by it many times. Every time I was in the middle of a conversation with someone and I see a notification pop up on my phone, I couldn’t help but look at it. It was like an itch that needed to be scratched.
Social media also became a platform for me to project the best version of myself. I’d only post about the good events going on in my life, but leave out all the boring stuff. It probably made me look much more interesting than I actually was.
I looked to social media to provide me with a sense of reassurance. I would post up a photo and just sit there refreshing the feed waiting for the acknowledgment of others to pour in only to end up disappointed when I didn’t get the amount of likes I was hoping for. It was unhealthy because I was measuring my self worth based on a number.
As I struggled with my distractions from social media, I’ve come to realize what I was craving the most was great relationships. I wrote and directed this film in hopes to start a conversation on what a deep and meaningful relationship looks like. I hope this inspires you as much as it inspired me to put my phone down and invest in what really matters and stay truly connected to those we love.