Once upon a time, when a fan accused Rihanna of being insensitive for a meme she shared on her Instagram, Rihanna responded with, ‘laugh or log off.’
Discovering this gem a few days ago reminded me of another one from Tyler, The Creator. He tweeted,
“Hahahahahahahaha How The F**k Is Cyber Bullying Real Hahahaha N***a Just Walk Away From The Screen Like N***a Close Your Eyes Haha.”
Without minimizing the issue of cyberbullying, Tyler, The Creator had a point that completely changed the way I viewed my relationship with social media.
Nobody is forcing me to engage in online activities that create negative emotions and experiences, so why am I doing it?
This question led me to slowly remove myself from the social media world and also quit the news. It was a choice I made that worked out well for me.
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Now, I have a new motto for leisure online activities.
Laugh, or log off.
Although there is no denying that there is so much negativity online, it’s been very empowering to engage with the online world in a lighthearted way.
Since realizing I don’t have to engage with every information available online, I have minimized consuming information that creates negative emotions or outrage. If it’s negative, I automatically scroll past it or close the tab. If it’s not bringing me good feels, I ‘log off.’
I also have been actively searching for positive experiences online.
Last night, I spent the majority of my Reddit time on /r/wholesomememes, a community for those searching for a way to capture virtue on the internet. These wholesome memes showed me the best in people, made me laugh, and put me in a much better mood.
It was good times.
We can either demonize the internet, or we can use it for good by looking for content that adds positivity to our lives.
Until next time. . . 🙂