Social Media Addict (Spoken Word Poem)


What will it take to show you
That it’s not the life it seems? The likes, the views, filters, FaceTune
You follow but you don’t know what it means To cultivate a look
To show you trends and things I took You call me new when I’m a crook
For the last time, take a good hard look I’m not a person
I’m an aesthetic made for your consumption You pay my bills
And I pay for your depression And wishing you had my waist
Please, even I don’t have my waist Some people live paycheck to paycheck
I live post to post Getting high off of hearts and likes
Who needs friends when you have a following, right? Follow unfollow
Follow unfollow Follow unfollow
Follow unfollow I’m
so worn out My analytics are a graph
Of exactly how I feel My addiction isn’t diagnosed
So you can’t prove it’s real This algorithm
is my religion Why’d you unfollow
Without asking permission Here’s a filter I put on a bad day
Doesn’t it look good now? Come back, please stay. I need someone to lie with
Or someone to lie to My life to has to be
One that people subscribe to And I’ll sacrifice what matters
To get maximum hits My ice cream melted
While I posted pictures of it And despite those couples goals pics
Me and my partner split But no amount of fame
Will make me feel okay I’ll keep hitting all my targets
Just to place them further away Just to struggle on an empty field
Amongst sharp arrows every day. I want happy
And I’m looking for it in a screen. I want calm
And upward trends quiet my anxiety. I want success
And I the truth is, I need numbers just to be seen. I’m in a broken machine
where talent doesn’t talk but viral videos and follower counts scream
I came here to make art. and now, I’m about to leave I didn’t want to be an addict
But Instagram sold me the drugs for free I didn’t want to be a robot
But YouTube put in my batteries I didn’t want to be lonely
But my iPhone disconnected me I don’t want to be like this
But I want you to like this
Please.

24 thoughts on “Social Media Addict (Spoken Word Poem)

  1. This hit me like a brick and I don't even upload anything on my social media. You're so damn talented <3

  2. Wow, spot on. That was amazing. And yes, it gets my comment and "like". Too relatable. ๐Ÿ’

  3. I just found your channel from your anxiety tics video and Iโ€™m so glad I did! Your poetry is amazing and inspiring and Iโ€™m relieved to know Iโ€™m not the only one who sees the addiction of social media. You just got a new subscriber! ๐Ÿ˜Š

  4. Well done.. many people are addicted to fb and ig. Great poem and great message

  5. The way this video was made was very creative! It really captures how many people today are addicted to taking selfies and short videos of their daily lives and relationships in order for them to feel like they fit in (especially if they feel excluded in their own life). Our identity doesn't lie in how likes and follows we get. It's important to have a healthy balance between our daily lives and social media. It's not important to impress others or feel like we have to uphold some type of image on social media. Be yourself and take breaks from it so you can enjoy the people around you. There's no such thing as perfection. Great job on this spoken word piece Erin. I enjoyed it!

  6. Is this published? I would like to use it at a speech tournament.

  7. im 27 never be on myspace, facebook, instagram try

    You'll never find me IM always in the PIE-JH19

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