The advent and growth of social media has drastically changed the way we relate to both
one another and the world at large. While there are many positive aspects and benefits to be
derived from our use of such applications, it is becoming increasingly apparent that there is
also a potentially pernicious side to our consumption of social media.
In particular, many studies are showing that social media can negatively impact our mental
health. While it is probably impossible (given their prevalence and widespread use), to
eschew social media platforms as a whole, and also, most likely something that none of us
particularly wants to do, as to do so would be to deprive ourselves of the benefits therein; I
would think it prudent that we make ourselves aware of the potentially harmful effects we are
exposing ourselves to, and the ways in which we can protect ourselves from, or at the very
least, mitigate, the impact they have on us.
In that vein, below is a poem I have written, and a graphic I’ve designed, in the hope of
reminding us not to use our online social media presence and interactions as a means of
defining ourselves and our self-worth. I hope you enjoy reading it.
I weigh my worth in Instagrams
My stock in shares!
Incidentally, in which direction am I trending?
In the right direction?
I am? Thank God!
I’d be flawed if I looked to find I was a Tumblr
Like a Geiger counter, the level of my radiation
(The source of my validation)
Is measured by the frequency of clicks
On that note
I must devise some sneaky clickbait
To enhance my dwindling click rate
My status is defined by the status of my status
Am I liked? Am I loved?
Am I somebody’s favourite?
Am I considered worth a Mention?
Come on Flickr, give me a Flickr of hope!
My blog post, please say someone’s Reddit!
Are people content with my content?
What’s the feedback?
That reminds me,
I must add to my content
Because adding to my content, adds to my contentment,
Am I making an impression?
Do I have any presence, any kind of following?
What sort of influence or reach do I have?
Do I have any real Klout?
Do I matter?