I spend too much time on social media. There….I said it. It’s out there for the world to see.
Like any other 20-something, I scour the internet for hours, multiple times a day. Twitter, facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Linkedin, tumblr. You name it, I have an account. But what most people don’t understand about my “mindless” scrolling is that I actually have a purpose. I’m searching for something. No, I’m not looking for pictures of the Kim and Kanye wedding, or the latest couture trends or even the new designs for the iPhone 6. I scroll feeds, “like” and “share” because I like stories.
Granted, 140 characters isn’t the most elaborate story ever, but it’s still a story nonetheless. For me, a tweet is a 140 character snapshot into the life of stranger. An Instagram photo is a portal into friends’ personal experiences. After all, isn’t the point of social media to bring us together, despite our geographical barriers?
After years of interning and spending my career on the bottom rung of the corporate ladder, I’ve come to the realization that I just want to tell stories. Growing up, I always called myself a procrastinator because I couldn’t focus on anything for longer than 20 minutes without going on 10 tangents all in one afternoon. I want to create alternate universes, characters who people love to hate, scenes that require at least one box of tissue. I want to create a bridge back to the imagination we all enjoyed as kids. I want to get lost in my imagination.
Any ideas on what companies are looking to hire an “imagination-specialist” or a Maker-up of Facts? If so, please send a link!
So blame me for being a millennials with way too much access to Wi-Fi. Blame me for being one of those people who day dream at work instead of looking for ways to log-in extra hours. I scour the internet because it’s the most accessible outlet I have to the world outside of which I live and work. In order to tell stories, I need to read them. All of them. So the next time you spend a few minutes (hours) on social media, think about all the stories being told. Think about all of the journeys being embarked on. Think about all the different ways you can tell your story.
Selfish Announcement Alert:
For those of you who don’t know, I’ve made it onto the next round in Atlantic Impact’s blogger challenge. Two lucky bloggers will get the chance to travel to Barbados this August. Please help me raise money to get myself #BarbadosBound! Read my last blog post here for details on how you can contribute.
Crowdrise account: https://www.crowdrise.com/BarbadosBound2014/fundraiser/jnchang