Hello Friday: Life Without "Likes"

Happy Friday! I hope you had a great short week back to work/school after the holiday weekend. As the holiday came to a close on Monday, did you find yourself getting sucked into a social media wormhole? After a holiday, typically, there are always so many photos and stories from the adventures , vacations and fun times that others’ experienced over the holiday weekend. It is easy to get swept up into the highlight reels of peoples' lives that you see on social media. These highlight reels that you are consuming are a big driver of what social media personifies: FOMO (the fear of missing out).

Interestingly, on Wednesday (9/4), theToday Show did a story about Facebook experimenting with removing the “likes” feature from public view, allowing only the person who shares the post to see the “likes”in hopes that people will spend less time worrying about how many likes they’re getting and more time connecting with those they care about. Imagine a life without “likes”and how it could impact those around you. You may be more inclined to embrace JOMO (the joy of missing out), the antidote to FOMO, which is all about being present and content with where you are in your life.

Embracing JOMO could allow you to appreciate the tiny moments a little more without the desire to share them on social media. Life goes by in a blink; so, wherever you are, be all there! See and experience things through your eyes and without comparing yourself and your experiences to others. Remember -your worth and value are not associated with likes or followers. Work on being happy in real life, not just the images that are shown on your social media pages. 

Has this given you some food for thought? I hope so; it has me! Maybe you can “lean in” to this message; put one foot forward and  decide to reduce your “tech time” this weekend. Say “YES” to truly experiencing your life; being present for every moment, and sharing it with those closest to you.

Have a great day and a great weekend😊! 

#socialmedia #fomo #jomo #happiness #joy #unplug

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