Being Internet Happy: A Case for the Social Media-Obsessed Teenager

Pictured above is a ~real tweet~ made by a ~real teen~.
(The ~real teen~ being me.)

This tweet was made as a joke, during a lil’ fit of saltiness when I was sick of not being internet famous because really, I have so many amusing tweets and cute Instas and insightful blog posts to offer the world but there aren’t enough people around to appreciate them, you know?

If you’ve ever opened a social media site before, I’m hoping you can relate. I don’t think that I’m the only one who wishes they were famous sometimes. I hope I’m not.
{If I am, this post is about to get very awkward very quickly.}

After tweeting said tweet, and noticing that people seemed to relate, I realized something very very important and deep (*sarcasm). The internet is not about becoming famous. I do what I do because I love it. I keep a pretty Instagram feed, and I spend hours queuing posts on Tumblr and I write fire tweets and interact with awesome humans for so many hours of every day of every week of every month solely because I love doing it. This isn’t for money, or fame, or recognition. I spend my time on social media because it makes me happy. In fact, you could say that it makes me internet-happy. And I’m pretty darn proud of that.

As of late, so many people [adults and teens alike] have been emphasizing the extreme cases in social media (i.e. Essena O’Neill) but lacking the perspective needed in reporting on these situations. Sure, there are always extreme cases, but that applies to every aspect of life. And it’s important to remember that extreme cases are the outliers. Social media isn’t rotting our brains or turning us into robots or making us vain or even making us more insecure.

Social media isn’t used to create a false and picture perfect depiction of our lives [and if it is, you’re doing it wrong]. In fact, I think that most of my friends are more real on social media than they are to strangers in face-to-face situations. You want to know why that is? It’s because social media has communities, which allow people to interact with those they relate to, and people use these communities for support. It is in these communities that we find friends, and make connections. People are more willing to open up and be honest on social media than with strangers in real life, because they know that they have a whole network of people ready to back them up, always there for support if it’s needed.

The point of this scattered spiel is this:
At the end of the day, you’ll never be internet-happy if your only goal is to be internet-famous. Use social media because you want to use social media, not because you want likes or followers or retweets. 

[Also, if you haven’t seen Alexa Losey’s YouTube video about being Instagram Famous, it is right below this run-on sentence and you should click and watch it because it is a preach moment and it is also prime satire.]

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