Living your life online is a topic that has got me thinking recently. Everything is now online, from finding friends/dates, shopping, banking, even living through virtual reality. It is one of the biggest industries in the world, and it is always getting bigger.
I’m more interested though in how I want the online world to affect my life. I live a lot of my life online, I have to through running a blog. I’m an active user of social media, on a few different platforms. But, and this might come as a shock to others, seeing as I’m meant to be a Millennial, I still can’t get my head round a lot of things.
Being a millennial is meant to instil us with the innate ability to navigate a life online. The term is hooked to those who were born around the late eighties/early nineties. Now even though we grew up with computers and the introduction of the internet, it was still very much in Dial Up Mode.
As much as we could share online was over MSN, or on MySpace. And this trend of sharing everything wasn’t around. Yes I grew up with technology, but not the kind that would make me a technical whizz.
When Facebook hit us in 2004, it wasn’t until the following year that I signed up.
A girl in my class said her cousin in America was using it, and it was the “in thing”. So one lunch time, on school computers we all signed up. I’d say, it was around this moment in late 2005 was when life online started to get serious.
Gone are the days of dodgy chatrooms (not that I ever used them), now people are just willing to share everything out in the open on social media.
I just always remember my mum saying to me, never share everything. This still sticks with me now.
I don’t mind the status updates telling us about what cereal you’re having for breakfast, or what TV show you’re watching. But, do we really need to know about the argument you just had with your boyfriend? Or checking yourself in at your Nan’s funeral – true story, I’ve seen that!
This is the part of social media that I don’t know how it happened? When did we make the slip from sharing nothing, to sharing too much? Was it the introduction of Reality TV, the noughties has been huge for that? Or was it just the fact of, it can be done, so why not do it?
The internet and social media gave everyone the feeling of 5 minutes of fame. Once upon a time, being on the internet was a big deal. Now it’s accessible to anyone. So, do people feel the need to push the boundaries to be noticed? Has it made the world feel bigger, or smaller? These are things that I toy with often.
I always think of, how can I make my mark on the internet? As everything leaves a stamp, and lasting impression. Now I’m putting myself out there much more, I have to be mindful of what is for everyone, and what is just for me.
With that in mind, here’s how I feel towards my two biggest internet uses – Social Media and my Blog.
When it comes to social media I have many different opinions. But my outlook is to always keep it light and positive.
In the early days of using facebook and twitter, I certainly had my rants, and moans. Oh how the dreaded Time Hop reminds me. I also shared far too many pointless statuses, like “just chilling on the couch“. Riveting Jessica! We all grow up and learn though hey.
Which is why now I try and keep my content relevant, interesting, and up beat. The web is full of negative news, so why not try and bring a bit of light in to it.
I use my social platforms as a kind of online photo album. I want to look back in years to come, with family and friends and remember all the good times and adventures. This is always at the forefront of my mind when I’m about to hit share. In 30/40 years time, do I want to look back and smile, or look back and cringe?
Another thing I always think of as well is, do I want my parents seeing that? If the answer is no, then it shouldn’t be going on the internet. Because believe you me, anyone can see anything through not even really trying that hard to find things.
What to talk about and how much of my personal life to put on my blog is something I always think about. Things have happened in my life that I’m just not sure need to be shared. Either for the fear of those who could read it, and my own fears of putting too much of myself out there.
I like to keep my blog as a likes and loves diary. In years to come, I want to look back and remember how I was feeling at a certain time, or what I was loving at that time.
I made a conscious decision to live my life in a positive way. So what I’m putting out in to the world has to be on the positive side, or the helpful side.
I want my blog to be a place where people can come to, to feel happy, or supported, and escape the worldly pressures of work or home life. I share my posts around on the internet, not knowing who is going to find them. So, I want to be comfortable with what I put out there.
My Online Life
With all that being said, my loves and questions I have over the use of the internet – I do still love it. It brought us shopping from the couch in our pj’s, Netflix, Instagram, and blogging. To name a literal small (simplistic) few.
It’s brought people in to my life that I would never had met otherwise. Some of the amazing opportunities I’ve experienced have come because of being online.
I really hope some of this has resonated with others, and that I’m making sense. I’d love to know what you’re favourite things are about using the internet? Do you consider yourself as a millennial? Do you have a personal cut off point with what you share online?
Striped top – Topshop. Shoes – Converse.
Photographed – Allie Davies.