Social vs Social Media

I love social media. It started out as a way for people to keep in touch with each other, but as the sites have evolved, I swear it turned into some weird kind of competition where people try to out-post each other. It’s surreal, to say the least, and sometimes, when I log in, I can’t help but laugh out loud at the silliness of it all.

Food photos and videos, news (usually, tragic), complaints about others, dirty laundry… Social media sites carry all of it. Oh, and let’s not forget the selfies! I’ve seen people post photos of themselves in various poses at least 10 times a day – sometimes, more. Not to be rude or anything, but why do people do that? Is there a point to doing that, other than to get attention?

I don’t do selfies. I allow work photos when they’re required, but selfies? Nope. If I’m going to share photos on any social media sites, they’re going to be pictures of nature, not me. Call me what you will, but the only person I’m okay with is my partner. In my opinion, posting selfies on internet social media sites where millions of total strangers can see them [don’t get me started on the privacy settings on these sites] is stupid – and potentially unsafe.

Oh, look at me, going on and on… LOL

Having said all that, there are, on occasion, some useful posts that show up. Recipes I’d like to try, funny videos or photos, new music I haven’t heard before, older music I haven’t heard in a long time…  Those types of things make me smile, and I enjoy finding them. Keep those things coming, please!

The bottom line is that people are seeking attention and they’re competing with each other for it by posting a million times a day. Yes, that’s an exaggeration; it’s probably more like 900, 000 times a day. The point is that if we as a society are so starved for attention that we’re willing to put ourselves out there on internet social media sites, then we really need to take a whole bunch of steps back and either remember, learn, or learn again, what being social is actually about.

That is all.


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