It’s not a secret, we all know that our generation relies heavily on social media for almost all aspects of our lives. Apps and websites like Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook account for a large percent of our social interaction each day. According to a new study from the non-profit group Common Sense Media, teens spend nearly nine hours per day on social media and music/video streaming websites. This makes it so easy to post that quick picture from the weekend and not think twice. Here’s why you should think again.
If becoming a member of a sorority has taught me anything, it is that your social media is a direct representation of yourself and everything that you are connected to. That picture from this weekend not only doesn’t show you at your best, but it is a negative connotation of everything that you are a part of. Would you be proud to show it to your grandma? Is that the first representation of yourself that you want others to see?
My biggest piece of advice would be to treat your social media like your resume. There are so many people who will not see it, but there are so many more important others who will. On Snapchat, your posts are seen by more individuals than you would think. A seemingly harmless video from a party last Friday night might have cost you a potential friend, employer, partner or more.
Here’s the essential part. Unless you really don’t get the point of college, you have to be involved in something: a club, organization, service project, leadership initiative, you name it. If you’re not, then you are somebody’s sibling, child, best friend or significant other. I’m not just Johanna, I’m Johanna from Alpha Omicron Pi. I’m Johanna from Bryant Players, the theatre group on campus. The actions that I take, including my social media persona, reflect the values and the reputation of my organizations. I am proud of what I am involved in and who I associate myself with, so I want them to be proud of me too.
Although Greek life receives a lot of criticism, we encourage the idea that we are always wearing our letters. Whether you physically have the shirt on or not, the way that you live your life each and every day reflects on your brothers or sisters. Those choices could be positive or negative, it is up to you. I think that everyone can learn a lot by following this viewpoint. We, as individuals, represent much more than a sloppy picture or video on Snapchat or Instagram. Almost everyone goes out and has fun, so there is no need to post about it every weekend. Do yourself a favor next time and do not hit “post.”