Social Media Blues

LinkedIn wants me to connect
with former colleagues, ignores
the fact that they haven’t opted
to reach out to me, fails to
recognize the state of my disability
sets me on the margins of society

Facebook likes to remind me
of things I did in the past, drags
up conversations, or outings
no longer valid, refuses to
honour the value of letting go –
that moving on is moving up.

twitter wakes me up at night
when I’ve forgotten to mute
the phone, announces likes
and new follows of people
I do not know, rubbing salt
in the wounds of isolation

instagram has shut me out
seems I constantly forget
my password, but they never
fail to send me updates of
the picture perfect events
of those whose minds work.

I sometimes visit snapchat,
whose messages make me laugh
and I know that there are others
more hip to possess, but just
the thought of sign ups has me
reeling with new-found anxiety

Please don’t misunderstand me,
of social media, I’m a fan; it’s just
that I don’t need further indications
of my compromised state, and in the
flesh interactions are a preference,
so technology needs to step down.

(The Daily Post prompt today is fact.)


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Permission to write, paint, and imagine are the gifts I gave myself when chronic illness hit - a fair exchange: being for doing. Relevance is an attitude. Humour essential.

37 thoughts on “Social Media Blues”

  1. There are often times I feel this way and I become saddened by the fact the the world seems to be caught in this mirage… an illusion. I am trying to limit my time on the social media aps and to not focus on the negative aspects. The message you are sending is very deep and touching!

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  2. I enjoyed this piece. And it sure makes one contemplate the pros and cons. So many cons! I’m no longer engaged on Twitter (not watching cable news either) … to much negativity and misinformation. My FB time is fleeting and I ignore all click bait.
    Instagram I enjoy for photography.
    WP for poetry.
    Social media is my slave, not I a slave of it 😌

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  3. I just boycott them all, since they have not turned out to give me anything I would want. Their promises of old friends and support are great, but the reality to me has been being overwhelmed by things I don’t want–noise, spam, unattractive issues of today–and underwhelmed by the alleged good things like close friendship or support which somehow don’t happen. Good luck finding the good things that you do want!

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  4. Wow VJ! why does this make me feel sad and happy at the same time. This explains how i feel sometimes and to think i am still quite young sigh.. Well written

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