Social Media: Generation Why (Home Base)
I know this entry will seem ironic- but hear me out.
My entire teenage years I’ve been in front of one screen or another. I was late to get an iPhone compared to the rest of my grade but even before that I bought myself my own MacBook Pro the summer entering high school. Since then, I can’t remember a time when I didn’t spend my free time sitting in front of one of my devices (which now includes an iPad mini- still can’t figure out why I bought that…), watching videos or scrolling endlessly on Facebook or Instagram.
Believe it or not, I started to realize the trap I was caught in on social media only when I started brainstorming college essays. What set me apart? Was I more motivated than those around me? What did I see myself doing in 10 years? I couldn’t help but recognize that I was a creator. I created my own brand on YouTube and Instagram under the name “Margot Lee” and started endless other projects, including a successful self designed backyard summer camp I ran with my cousins for 10 years. But as I was typing my essays, I couldn’t help but realize that I spent more time wasted living through other people’s edited posts or long videos that it was taking away from my own time creating and experiencing my own stories. It was only then that I realized that while I was focused on my endless Instagram feed, it was feeding me nothing.
So why am I still on social media, and starting up another platform? I honestly believe that through the negative aspects of social media, it can do a lot of good. I have found countless accounts and blogs that inspired me to live rather than waste my time. Dozens of accounts have pushed me to learn more about the person I want to become rather than keep me envious of other people’s lives.
This is what inspired me to create margotlee.com. I want this to be a space where my readers can grow to learn their own way of life and take the lessons off the screen and into their life. Think of this website as a home base. I want you to come here for thoughts, let me know yours, and apply them to your own life and go out and live. This isn’t a trap, it’s a starting point. From here you need to make your own story.