Social media is instantaneous and wildly entertaining, but no one really cares what you ate at Olive Garden last night(especially after the third picture of your lasagna frittata). This is a reality that many don’t seem to realize, since they’re so caught up with how others perceive them and how many “likes” are on their pictures.
The fact that people are getting so addicted to these 1 cm x 1 cm apps on their phone is kind of terrifying to me.They’re connected with friends and strangers, but they can’t seem to connect to the people sitting right in front of them.
This is the generation of technology. I really don’t like to think I’m old-fashioned, but I can’t understand the level of importance our generation places on the concept of self-promotion. “I went to a party last night but if I don’t post about it on Instagram, who will know if I went?”
Who cares? It’s not like if you didn’t take pictures, you can’t tell people about it when you see them next. Or better yet, treat it as an awesome college memory! No one needs (or cares) to know what you’re doing and how you’re feeling every second of the day. It takes the fun out of stories; it sucks the mystery out of life, and it seems to be making people less comfortable about themselves in the process.
Ladies, when was the last time you went out to a party without makeup on? Other than feeling a little underdressed, you might feel anxious that someone could be capturing this monumental event on their phone and will (unbeknownst to you) post it on Twitter or Instagram. But so what if they do? With society’s chokehold on young women to always be “on” and perfectly made up, social media seems to make it worse. With the click of a button, your picture can be sent into the world for everyone to comment, judge and critique.
While I get the appeal of strangers, acquaintances and friends commenting, “Lookin’ hot girl, you’re stunning!” I don’t see how it’s conducive to helping our self-image and relationships. Instead of connecting with people in person, it’s done online. Being a communication major, social media is my worst nightmare. I somehow have to convey what I mean without using body language, tone of voice or facial expression.
It just makes relationships too shallow to me. I want to be able to really connect with people on a level that the Internet simply cannot provide, and I’m okay with that. While people are at a party capturing “candids” with their friends to post online, I’ll be outside having meaningful conversations with people I am happy to be with in the moment.