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Picture this:

I spend about 4 hours of my day at practice.

School adds up to roughly 4 hours with both studying and attending classes included.

Can't forget to mention the 8 hours I have strictly blocked off in my schedule for sleep.

That’s a grand total of 16 hours. 

24 – 16 = 8. Basic math.

As I scrolled through my Instagram feed yesterday, I was interrupted by the screen time notification.  My initial reaction was to close my eyes and swipe up as fast as I could, trying to ignore the fact that I have an unhealthy addiction to social media.  But then a little voice in my head told me to click on it and look at the feedback. 

I’ll be the first to tell you that I wish I hadn’t.

Let’s scroll up a little bit and take a quick glance at that math equation again.  You may be thinking, “Okay, great 24 – 16 = 8…. Why should we care??”  

Well in those 8 hours of “free time” I spent roughly 6 hours of them ON MY PHONE.

Here’s another math equation for you:  6 x 7 = 42.

42 hours a week WASTED.

After diving deeper into the stats, I learned I pick up the device about every 7 minutes.  EVERY 7 MINUTES.  What could be so drastically life changing that I need to check my phone every 7 minutes?  Most times there aren’t even any notifications on the screen, but I’m still double checking just to make sure I didn’t miss anything!!  We all know those iPhones can be sneaky sometimes.  This device that fits into the palm of my hand was quickly taking over my life.

What could be so drastically life changing that I need to check my phone every 7 minutes?


I was so appalled by these statistics that I vowed to delete Instagram for an entire semester.  Stay tuned for a follow up article on how that turned out... But until then, I will entertain you with these 4 reasons on why social media is detrimental to both future and current collegiate athletes.

 

1. Ruining dreams.

How many times have we heard the horror stories of high school aged prospects losing their full ride because of some stupid 140 character message they broadcasted to the world?… Too many if you ask me!  Not only is this something that has a large impact on recruiting, but on current athletes as well.  One wrong word could cost you competition time; it’s really just as simple as that.  If you aren’t able to apply a filter to your mental thoughts and your social media posts, knowing what is and is not appropriate, then you should probably just delete the app altogether to save you from any issues.  Everyone thinks, “Oh, that won’t happen to me; he was just unlucky,” but I’m here to tell you that the rules apply to everyone.  Be smart about what you’re posting online; it could end up costing you your career.

 

2. A waste of time.

Unpopular opinion: Social media is the biggest waste of time.  We scroll on our phones for hours on end, but does anyone actually care about what they’re seeing?  We are constantly jumping from Twitter, to Instagram, to Facebook when we’re bored.  We follow the same people on all three platforms, but we feel the need to see all of the same post, just in three different formats.  Don’t even think about going a few hours without checking in… FOMO will set in quickly as we don’t want to be out of the loop on anything “important.”

We scroll on our phones for hours on end, but does anyone actually care about what they’re seeing?

People are selfish and are only concerned about themselves.  Posting on social media platforms may boost your self-confidence when you receive the comments like “slayyyy, girl” or the *fire emoji* on your most recent selfie.  We don’t care about what others have to post; we just want people to hype us up all at the ease of our virtual world.  The only reason you care about social media is because you want to compare others’ lives to your own, making yourself feel better about what you did last weekend.  Get off your phone, and go chase your own goals. Why can’t we hype each other up for that?

Get off your phone, and go chase your own goals. Why can’t we hype each other up for that?

 

3. Comparison kills.

We constantly compare ourselves to magazines, movies, and now Instagram posts.  The world is so hypercritical to begin with, but now we are opening ourselves up to more possibilities to destroy our self-esteem.  This type of comparison is so negative because the standards are quite unattainable.  Every person on this planet is so different from the next and we were created that way for a reason.  Social media is transforming our society by encouraging everyone to wear the same style of clothes, or eat the most aesthetically pleasing meals at the same restaurants and broadcast it to the world… and if you don’t, well, quite frankly you don’t fit in here.

Social media is transforming our society by encouraging everyone to wear the same style of clothes, eat at the same restaurants… and if you don’t, well, quite frankly you don’t fit in here.

 

4. Check out my highlight reel.

Have you ever seen an Instagram post of a girl with last night’s makeup still plastered on her face and extreme bed-head on a Sunday morning captioned “That’s what I love abut Sundays #SelfieSunday #IWokeUpLikeThis”??  No.  But I’m sure you saw the photo that same girl posted from the night before, out with her friends and looking like a 10, captioned “can’t really see another squad tryna cross us #WithMyWoes.” 

NEWS FLASH: Instagram is only a highlight reel.  People do not broadcast the behind the scenes, more difficult times of their lives.  Only you know what you do during every waking hour of the day.  No two lives are the same.  Why do we spend so much of our time obsessing over other people’s highlights while we sit on the couch with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Tonight Dough feeling sorry for ourselves because we don’t live lavishly like them?

Whether you’re spending 6 hours a day on your phone or 6 hours a day interacting with others and chasing your goals, life isn’t going to wait around for you.

Whether you’re spending 6 hours a day on your phone or 6 hours a day interacting with others and chasing your goals, life isn’t going to wait around for you.  As one of my past coaches used to preach, let’s disconnect with our phones to connect with our lives. 

Quit scrolling around and start making things happen!
 

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