Only a 4.2


The other night I watched an episode of the Netflix Original series Black Mirror, & the distant yet familiar premise made me feel sick.

Imagine an alternate universe where people can rate you and your interactions (on a scale from 1-5) instantaneously & the average of those scores determine not only your eligibility for special treatments & various perks but how you’re treated on a daily basis by those around you.

Now look at your social media feeds. While it’s not quite the same, I realized how similar these two perspectives can be depending on our motives.

It scared me to think of how pervasive social media is in my life and how sometimes this alternate universe isn’t far off from reality. The main character Lacie is trying so hard to go from a 4.2 to a 4.5 so she can live in this posh community and loses herself in the process, as she continually removes herself from her true feelings in pursuit of notoriety.

Although we don’t get “ratings” we do base our worth at times by how many followers we have & how many likes our posts get. Watching this show was a good reminder for me to always be genuine with my social media presence regardless of how others perceive me.

I was also reminded of an experience I had on social media with someone that made me feel like I wasn’t cool enough or popular enough to be treated like a human being by them. I never want to be the person who makes someone else feel insignificant. I want to be the person to see others’ worth & potential no matter their appearance or status.

At the end of the day your ratings shouldn’t matter, but just in case you need to hear it from me, I think you deserve a 5 star rating for being nothing other than who you are.

I'm a 23 year old NICU RN, living my best life with my best friend Derek. We've been married since May 29th, 2015.

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