Like a lot of people of my generation I have a laptop and an iPhone and I use Facebook and Twitter and Instagram and Tumblr. I spend my free time basically glued to a screen that does nothing for me but give me bad eyes for the future. And that is one of the saddest things I’ve ever written on this blog.
We use social media in this way that it takes over our ability to notice how ridiculous we’re being. There are days I get on Facebook and I just want to call someone’s mother and tell them how embarrassed I am for their kid. We use the internet as a form of release, when it should definitely not be.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not having a ‘the internet is a place for Satan’ kind of rant. This isn’t a rant. It’s a…wake up call. For all of you who get on Facebook or Twitter and see the whole “What are you thinking?” box and decide to reveal information that not only do I feel uncomfortable reading, but makes my perception of you change slightly. I am all for free expression, but telling 348 of your not very close friends that you sing to Nickelback naked in your living room isn’t very bright.
And don’t even get me started on Twitter. Twitter is meant for short little burst of thought, or as I use it, a way for you all to keep up with this blog when I’m not posting. It is not for you to inform me on every three seconds of your life. If one more person posts about eating cereal or putting on pants, I might possibly go psychotic. and it won’t be pretty. The point of Twitter is to only have a few characters so that you can keep it short and to the point, not so that you can just molest the internet with your menial life.
I feel…disappointed that we have this problem. I like the internet, I really do. I enjoy the way it connects to me old friends and to all of you. I like that I can watch an adorable cat video when I please. I like that I can order sweaters from Forever 21 when I have money in my account. I don’t like that I have read that Johnny Boy Joe ate toast this morning or that Suzy May Sarah threw up at a party last night. The internet has so many possibilities, and Johnny and Suzy are doing it wrong.
As I said, this is a wake up call. Check your feeds and see what you’re posting and reflect on whether or not that is what you want to be remembered as 20 years in the future. That’s all I’m asking.
What are your thoughts on how people use the internet? I’d love to see how people (hopefully people who didn’t grow up with social media) view this trend of oversharing.
Have a great week guys! I’ll see you later!
Stay classy internet