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The social media illusion

In this day and age it is hard not to ignore the impact that social media has on our lives. Certainly when learning guitar, simply joining a Facebook group or following your favourite musician on Twitter can give you access to a whole new set of opinions, resources and information. With so much out there it's possible to get overloaded with options very quickly.

With all these options comes the danger of searching for perfection. It's easy to see the well produced video, the perfect solo take, the child prodigy playing the impossible tune you've been trying to learn not to mention the status updates from those that you perhaps wish you were.

Over time the dopamine hit given to you by videos, media posts and beautiful pictures can ware you down with it's grinding message of inadequacy. It's easy to look at the perfect world created by social media and imagine that this is how life is. People were never meant to communicate in this way, where the written word could be taken in so many ways without any interaction and human conversation. Also consider the possibility that there are those who are trying to make you feel bad about your playing so that they can sell you a product as a magic cure.

It's true that there can be a lot of inspiration out there but remember that it's ok to switch off.

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