Why I’m Thankful I Grew Up in a Time Without Snapchat and Instagram

Why I’m Thankful I Grew Up in a Time Without Snapchat and Instagram

Does anyone else feel like social media sometimes rules your life? In today’s society, I feel like we’re constantly in a mindset that if you didn’t Snapchat it or Instagram it, whatever it is that you did didn’t happen. I’ve been thinking about this for a little while and thought that today I would just brain dump in a post about how I feel towards this idea and explain why I’m thankful I grew up in a time without Snapchat and Instagram.

Now, I just want to clarify that I love both apps and open them multiple times a day. As a blogger, both apps definitely help me promote what I’ve got going on, but let’s just focus on the personal use of the apps – using the apps for blogging or business is not included in the further discussion.

Like I mentioned above, I feel as though we live in this mindset that if we don’t post about something, it didn’t happen. I’ve seen so many people in public Snapchatting themselves over and over again and can’t help but feel as if we’ve become this society that is so focused on oversharing rather than living in the moment. I’ve seen people sharing intimate moments with the entire world. Have we become a society that constantly needs to be reassured of what we’re doing? A society that no longer cherishes private moments shared with another? A society that needs the constant approval of other people?

I remember being in high school and all we had was Facebook and Twitter. My friends and I took photos while we were together, but most of them wouldn’t make it to Facebook for all our relatives and school friends to see. The photos simply captured moments of time where we were having so much fun. I feel as though today’s teenagers are a world away from that. They are always posting and not enjoying each other’s company. They are continuously trying to show others what they’re doing.

I’m so thankful that I grew up in a world that didn’t yet know oversharing. I’m happy that I have photos and memories that are just mine and no one else’s. I’m thankful that I didn’t spend the majority of my teenage years and early adult life feeling as though I had to prove that I was doing something extraordinary. I’ve done so many incredible things and captured beautiful moments that haven’t been shared with the entire world. I have memories and photographs that are mine and mine alone. I have video clips that will never be posted and no one else will see them outside of myself and my family. 

Though I sometimes catch myself in the mentality of wanting to share everything with the social media world, I try to remind myself that the most special experiences in life will always live in my mind and heart, whether I post it online or not. I think that instead of focusing on constantly showing other people what we’re doing, we should live in the moment and collect memories for ourselves. You will never be happy if you’re constantly searching for the approval of others.

  • I think a lot of people think that the influx of social media has made people over-sharers, but I feel as if people have always been over-sharers. I grew up in the myspace/beginning of FB age, and people overshared there too, it was just more text-based versus photo/video. I don’t think social media has made people over-sharers, I just think it’s changed the way people overshare, you know?


    • Thanks for commenting, Zauni! As odd as it seems, I remember a time even before Myspace existed – a time when we only had landlines to communicate with friends and home videos/pictures to recount our memories. Even when Myspace was released (I was in my mid-teens), there was nowhere near the minute-by-minute photo and video updates that Snapchat and Instagram have brought to the table. Simply put, people didn’t have the means to overshare before these apps were released. Sure, you could throw up a profile picture and talk to friends on the web, but without the smartphones of today it was physically impossible to project every moment and memory to the world. It’s very interesting to notice the generational differences between our perspectives. I appreciate you sharing your opinion!