Published on April 16th, 2013 | by Mannie Ramos0
Searching For Social Media Validation
We live in society in which acceptance can be found at the drop of a hat. If we are feeling down and out about something we can release via social media. We wait some scant 30 seconds and start getting replies from our friends or followers. This acceptance can also be called another word- “validation.” When we post a picture on Instagram, we sit back and wait for the “likes” and comments. I too am guilty of this. Thus, the reason for this post. The funny thing is I know I don’t need social media validation because most of the time, people just follow suit. It’s funny that social media uses the word such as “like,” yet there is no “dislike” button. I have people on my page complaining all day and they’re only venting to get validated by other people. The saying of the crabs in barrel reigns true to social media but the opposite can be true as well.
We can also have the capacity to inspire other people from our posts and that is where I am now on social media. I tend to filter through the negativity. You never who you can inspire through a post. I feel if you have something that is on your heart, let it out. I think that us, as people, should use these outlets for that and not validation. I’m not saying that we have to stay away from the negative but use these negatives as lessons and not a vent against the world. Social media is meant for us to be connected and share our experiences with each other. I dare you take a look at your “friends” and “followers” list. I want you tell me the last time you spoke and had an intimate conversation with 80 percent of them. I’m being quite generous with that number…Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the support of my friends and followers on social media. However, I also feel if they don’t like me or if they wish for my downfall, I definitely don’t need their validation. The next time you are feeling down about a post not getting validated, just remember that your thoughts are always valid to The Lord and he is always listening.
Romans 8:39 states, “Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” If The Lord’s love is that deep, we shouldn’t need anyone’s validation but our creator.