Social Media: I Just Don’t Get It

It has become part and parcel of our lives. The first thing we’re opening when we wake up, the last thing we’re looking at before going to sleep. The apps we’re opening in boredom and when we need to go to the toilet and when we’re trying to avoid social interaction. It’s social media: Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Tumblr etc.

It has become, for some people, an integral part of their life. Which is why, once they’ve got a new job, you get notified through your Facebook notifications that someone just made a new “life event”. It’s why you get bombarded with baby scans and “8 months and ready to pop” updates on Instagram when someone is pregnant. It’s how you found out that your ex-class mate got cheated on by her boyfriend the whole time they were together despite the fact that they just came back from their holiday to Egypt yesterday.

Personally? It’s just too much. It’s oversharing that’s unnecessary and uncalled for and I don’t get it. I don’t understand the readiness and ease that people have when it comes to sharing details about their life online. Nor do I possess such readiness or ease.

I witness this oversharing on multiple platforms: blogging, YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram. The amount of information you can gather on a person just from their social media accounts is insane. It’s a perfect playground for nosy individuals, distant family members and potential employers.

People are so interested and are overly invested in other people’s lives. That’s why tabloids and gossip columns/blogs gain so much popularity. It the reason why rumours exist because those same people also like to talk. Not caring whether the information is factual or not and who even fact checks things anyway? How can fake news be a thing if people actually verified information? And it’s not exactly a challenge to convince people of anything. Give a group of people pears, call them apples, and guaranteed there will be a select few people that will be adamant and will insist to call pears apples for the rest of their lives.

Social media is a great platform to share your work, share a joke, communicate with friends and family, tell anecdotes, discuss political matters, network, share photos from outings or holidays or whatever but I feel like there’s a line. A line that shouldn’t be crossed. A line that is drawn to prevent me getting five minute updates of your day or the nitty-gritty details of the explosive argument with your fiancé. Honestly, I think it’s best to let people wonder.

photo credit: me.

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