Okay, I admit it. The first thing I do in the morning is check Facebook and Twitter. I think most of us do this. But think about how much time we spend on those two sites alone. It's our lifeline to those who we deem worthy of our time. This is not always a bad thing, but it can take us out of the moment. Good things can pass us by because we're too busy trying to post things to Facebook or see what our friends are up to.
Day to day life can suck. Through social media we can show the world the best parts of ourselves. We glamorize what we ate for dinner or who we encountered or even what we've done with our time. Sure, it's mundane, but we make it a spectacle by posting it for the world to see.
This one is a major point for me. One of the things that really bothers me about social media is how negative people can be. They say things they would NEVER say to someone's face, all because of anonymity. People tear each other apart through social media without considering the ramifications of their actions. They become vindictive, critical, and outright mean, believing that it is their right to speak their minds. Whatever happened to common courtesy? Speaking one's mind doesn't necessarily require someone to be vicious or vile. The child's adage that "words can never hurt me" is total BS. WORDS HURT! They are full of power. They can tear someone down or build them up and in social media the tearing down tends to be more common.
For the most part this would be a positive one, but there are negatives, too. We make friends through social media and become entranced by their ongoings. These relationships become so real and time consuming that we forget about those who are REAL to us. Our families, our local friends become obsolete because the illusion of a great friendship in another state or country is far more important to us. We allow ourselves to believe we connect with these people when in reality we alienate those who are truly important. This can lead to extreme problems, and I've witnessed where even divorces have taken place because people have allowed those friendships to grow into romances. Now mind you, I have a lot of wonderful friends on Social Media, but if not careful our social media friends can consume our lives.
Okay, the last four have been rather deep, but selfies! OMG! Seriously!! The people who think it is a requirement to post a selfie every single day to show what they are wearing or what they are doing about drive me bonkers! I post selfies. I admit it, but damn! One a month is okay. One every hour is narcissistic. For the love of everyone who follows you, PLEASE STOP WITH THE SELFIES!!
Well, that's the end of today's post. Come back tomorrow to read about my earliest memory. That's gonna be a fun one.