Hello, and welcome to my very own little corner of the internet that I call Lost Online!
I decided to start this blog because I’ve always enjoyed writing and found that through writing I’m able to express feelings and ideas that I can’t quite articulate in conversation. When I first realized this, I started journaling as a way to help me understand myself and work through the problems and stresses of life. I had heard countless YouTubers, bloggers, and writers raving about how therapeutic journaling can be, so I finally decided to try it myself. I titled it “Me Trying to Figure Myself Out.” And although that private journal I kept on my computer helped me through a lot, I always wanted to pursue writing outside of my daily journaling practice. I wanted to do something bigger in hopes of connecting with people that share similar interests and talk about the issues that I think are important.
One of the main topics I want to discuss to on this platform revolves around the internet and how it shapes our ideas about ourselves and about the world around us.I, like millions of other people my age, have spent about half my life on the internet. And just like many other young people, I’ve struggled with my self-identity. But unlike the generations before us, we have a vast internet out there that never fails to make this journey towards happiness and self-discovery even more complicated.
Every day, we’re blasted with messages of what we’re supposed to be and look like. Because of this, I’ve spent so much of my life staring at my phone idolizing the celebrities and “online influencers,” constructing an Instagram feed that made me accepted by my peers, and trying to look like the perfectly toned and photoshopped models that I see online. It wasn’t until the last few years when I really started to grasp the idea that the life that I was chasing was impossible to create. The world we see online is photoshopped and edited to look perfect, and it can’t be replicated. Although the internet is a huge part of our lives, what we see online isn’t always reality and can be very damaging especially for those who grow up online. I had somehow managed to get Lost Online, judging myself based on expectations that I had gotten from the internet. Around the age of 21, is when I really realized that the online world was affecting my mental, physical, and emotional health, as well as my relationships and my spiritual journey – and that’s how Lost Online came to be.
I know that I may seem hypocritical by sharing this message on the internet in blog form, but this is where people go to get their information now. It was also the quickest and easiest way to share my writing. Lastly, I realized that many young adults are starting to talk about the pressure they feel from the internet. Through conversations with peers, my own personal experiences, and through studying media in college, I started to realize that the internet can cause deep-rooted psychological issues for young people that grow up online. But unfortunately, because the internet is so new to us, there simply is not enough information about this topic. What is published about technology is how damaging it is, but not how to manage it. My message is not that we should suddenly boycott the internet, but rather how we can regularly use this technology while still keeping our sanity.
I started Lost Online as a way to talk about some of the problems that I’ve encountered through the internet and social media, while also discussing my journey towards self-discovery in the digital age. Today it continues to evolve and has become a platform where I discuss everything including digital media, self-help, growth, health and wellness, spirituality, travel, and more.
Thank you for coming to Lost Online!
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