Behind all of the happy photos of smiling faces, social media “worthy” locations and cool vibes, are we really all living such a happy, fulfilled life? Media and technology are having greater and greater effects on our lives, both positively and negatively. Teens and adults alike are known to spend hours on phones, ipads, tablets and laptops.
It is frequently said that they aimlessly scroll through facebook, send snapchats, and look at instagram that entire time, yet many teens have acknowledged that they often don’t use their phones for any other purpose other than for entertainment. Nowadays, adults can spend more than 11 hours a day watching, listening to or simply interacting with media. Phone and social media usage is becoming an addiction to many, causing various underlying issues that no one likes to talk about.
Numerous studies have shown that the ever increasing usage of cell phones actually leads to anxiety, depression and a feeling of isolation.
Isolation often seems like an easy road to us. We just shut out the world and decide we are fine just by ourselves, because deep inside we are believing the lie that nobody cares. It’s that time when you felt like disappearing and were sure no one would even notice. Depression impacts your life in ways you don’t even realize. Your zest for life disappears, and it seems like everyone is against you and life is just a big downhill mess from here on. You believe that life is hopeless, you’re useless and that you’ll never amount to anything. Those are lies. Anxiety may be carefully hidden behind our mask of happiness, but it’s as real as real gets. Fear and anxiety go hand in hand, and we stop living life to the full because we are caged in by “what ifs”. What if your friend is dealing with one or all of these? You have no idea if they are, but you can make a difference in their life and reach out!
It only takes seven seconds. One simple message. You could impact their life, forever.
what if we stopped using our phone solely for entertainment?
What if we used the incredible gift we have of being able to connect with people instantly, to encourage each other? What if we stopped scrolling aimlessly, looking at our screens for hours with no purpose in mind, and instead:
Every one of us may sometimes fail to notice the needs of the people around us. But what if we looked around, what if we saw someone who might need support and love, and then we sent a kind message of hope and encouragement? That someone could be you. You can affect a life in ways you can’t even imagine, right here, right now, with a simple message. It literally only takes seven seconds to send a text showing that you care! Become a part of a movement dedicated to inspiring others to reach out to share encouragement by using our phones for the purpose of spreading hope and kindness! #only7seconds
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