There are 2 types of people on social media: those who spend most of their time checking other people's lives and those who are busy creating and sharing their own art. Which side are you in?
We live in this day and age where people are connected 24/7. People love the idea of keeping themselves up-to-date with what is happening and trending across different parts of the world.
We get this sort of satisfaction from getting bits and pieces of everything all at once. It's kind of a big deal when everyone's in a party and you're not in there. From your side, at least, you would want to know how an event or gathering had turned out.
This is the reason why chat apps likes Snapchat are popular nowadays. Missing out is not something humans are comfortable with. Having a sense of connection and belongingness is a basic human need that people try to find in these platforms.
While this is true, most people are still missing out on a great opportunity on social media. Some of us may be not using it in a way that actually adds value; and it all boils down to how we spend time on it.
You're only as good as what you consume.
Not everything that gets your attention is valuable. You need to keep in mind that the quality of content you consume is directly proportional to the kind of person you end up becoming.
If you spend a lot of time simply checking other people's OOTD's and whereabouts then it's definitely keeping you away from doing productive work.
You might be missing a great deal of opportunity.
Social media is good in a lot of ways. It keeps you on the loop. It provides you with lots of fresh, entertaining and, oftentimes, inspiring content. Ultimately, it's a way for people to tell their stories and share their experiences.
But the problem lies when you're not mindful of how you use it.
A lot of people spend too much time on social media without realising the wonderful opportunity to be an artist. What I mean "artist" is someone whom Seth Godin describes as:
"...[somebody] who takes a stand, [who] takes the work personally, and [who] doesn't care if someone disagrees. His art is part of him, and he feels compelled to share it with you because it's important, not because he expects you to pay him for it."
You have the power to affect thousands, or even millions.
Producing and sharing content has never been this easy. Thanks to the internet, anything can spread and go viral in just one click.
What we share can make or break someone else's day across the globe. It can potentially stir up positivity or negativity, inspiration or hopelessness, encouragement or jealousy, etc.
Now is the perfect time to create your own art.
How do you concretise creating art through social media? It's simply about doing work that matters:
1) Share valuable content, which should go hand in hand with the kind of material you consume.
2) Make meaningful, genuine interactions through engaging and connecting with other people.
We all have talents. It's really all about underpinning what you do best and figuring out what you can offer the world to help make it a better place.
At the end of the day, using social media as a means to create and share your own art is not about how much publicity you gain. It's always about how much value and impact you give.
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