The digital age makes us all a bunch of dirty liars.
Wait, that was a little harsh. Let me filter that...
The digital age provides us with an unprecedented level of anonymity when we communicate, making it really easy to bend/hide the truth.
Yep, that was a bit less offensive...
Using a personal filter on social media like Facebook can feel like a relief -- you don't have to worry that a sad post will get you labeled a 'Debbie Downer,' or worry about creating an argument if you post your real opinions, or worry about annoying your followers with yet another selfie or dog photo (sorrynotsorry).
Filtering this way makes your life seem easier, but it's really not -- the only reason you're editing yourself is worry. When you spend all your time filtering, it means you're not spending your time in the present.
Of course, the best way to be mindful is to enjoy real life and not post anything at all. I do this from time to time and some people have chosen it as a way of life, which is admirable. But for most of us, we try to find a balance -- we want to utilize this social platform that has the power to connect us in new and amazing ways, but do so without going mad with worry, doubt, and regret.
There is mindfulness to be found in social media. In it's simplest form, it's a place for every one of us to share a little bit about our current state of mind -- a thought we have, a moment we capture in a photo, an article we find particularly meaningful -- it's our now.
Observing and sharing a little, honest piece of yourself is mindful. And when you observe the honest thoughts from each of your friends, you learn from that shared experience.
But it doesn't always happen that way. When you think about filtering your life you begin to wonder how many others have thought the same. Instead of mindfulness, social media starts to feel scattered and lonely, like one big digital tabloid.
Tailoring your interaction to avoid a touchy subject isn't something that magically appeared with Facebook and Twitter. Not to long ago we called that tact. But then as in now, a real friend will love you enough to hear your truth. Anyone who's offended by your honesty is not worth the worry.
Don't filter your life away. Be honest, here, right now, yourself. #nofilter