This is another hard one. Social media is a black hole that we all fall victim to. It’s easy to get sucked into scrolling through each social media outlet. Study after study has found social media changes our brains. We become discontent with what we have; we compare ourselves with what we see.
If you have not watched “The Social Dilemma” on Netflix, I encourage you to take the time to watch it. The documentary explores all the ways we are being manipulated by social media and how that is changing our brains.
The biggest trap for me is seeing all these “vacation” and travel photos from influencers. How can my photos compare when I can’t travel every month to exotic places so I become paralyzed and don’t shoot because how can I compete?
One of the lies of social media is to make a difference, we have to have enough followers. Too much time on social media can kill your creative desires. I’ve actually put time limits on Facebook and Twitter on my IOS devices. It helps keep me accountable for the amount of time I spend on social media. Social media is part of my job, so I have to spend time on Facebook, but I do so on my computer because I know I’m less likely to get stuck in a black hole.
Cultivating my social media feed has helped. I only follow people I know or people who truly inspire me.
There are so many ways to shape your creativity. We’ve explored five examples, but the great thing about exploring your creativity is you will find many more ways to explore. There is no right or wrong way to explore your creativity. You have to follow your own journey and see what paths you are led down. Have courage and go find your own path.
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