Hello les girls j’espère que vous allez bien !! Et ouiiii je vous saoul mais regardez moi les couleurs 🙄🙈 Vous aimez ? Ouf mtn j’ai fait ma photo viiiite que je l’utilise hihiii 😆 Qui est comme moi lol ? ❤️ Une bonne soirée mes Amours, des bisous 💋 📸 By me
So, recently, I’ve spent quite a bit of time reflecting on my relationship with social media (well, the 'gram). Being in addiction recovery, I feel like my behaviour is sort of under a magnifying glass from friends who are constantly questioning whether my use is healthy or could constitute an addiction and there’s frequently discussion around the use of social media for getting validation etc so I wanted to open this up for discussion.
I think viewing social media through this lens is kind of alarmist and consistent with the fear-driven discourse surrounding social media on a larger scale while ignoring some of its benefits. Instagram is a platform that allows minority communities to connect and find each other. I know that, for me, expressing myself publicly on this platform has been a very healing experience. Do I post shirtless selfies sometimes transparently looking for validation? Sure, but validation is a human need and I don’t think this is a particularly unhealthy way to get it. Honestly, I think it’s sort of empowering the way that gay men can find and validate each other here. Can it be unhealthy…maybe? But definitely not any more than spending hours on Grindr or Scruff 😂. Is it addictive…it can be. But honestly, it’s not meth, and the benefits that I’ve gotten from engaging here are a big part of what has helped me overcome the shame I felt over that part of my life. .
Anyway, you’re all here so…what are your thoughts? How do you feel about your relationship with social media? Are you #addicted ? 😛 Are you as validation-hungry as I was when I submitted that pic to #menofthe6ix ? 😂 Obviously, it's more complex than this but I'm genuinely curious about your opinions.