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How Online Interaction Shapes Everything From Baby Name Trends To Revolutions

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If you follow me on twitter, you know that a few days ago, I tweeted about how “I’m really, really close to deleting all of my social media accounts.” I, personally, hate some of the directions that social media has taken (cue this article that I posted about a few weeks ago on how social media has changed the way we date and our ability to truly love), as I feel it most times leads to disingenuous interactions and connections led by the “idea” of something rather than authenticity. In the past two years I’ve scaled back the amount of time spent on social media to, honestly, about .02% of my day. I spend, at most, 30 mins on all platforms total, and that’s already pushing it – that’s if I get lost on some of my favorite IG accounts, like @natgeo, @blackjaguarwhitetiger, or @designboom. Usually, I just post what I want to post, and I’m gone – in and out, badabingbadaboom. Quickies are how I like my social media.

But every once in a while I come across an article like this, and my faith in social media and online activity as a whole, is restored, because I am reminded of how powerful it can be to affect change; it’s just our responsibility to make sure it’s a positive change. If I didn’t think that social media was essential in pushing and supporting some of the beliefs I feel are important, or sharing lessons learned, or even promoting a business I want to run down the line, social media and I would have had a nasty breakup ages ago. Instead, we’re on this on-again, off-again basis, and she’ll always be the one I can’t live with, and the one I can’t live without. What a b***h, right?

Anyway, please take a look at this article, and if you feel so inclined, let me know your thoughts on the importance, the effects, and the discouraging aspects of social media. I would love to hear from you.

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4 Comments

  1. Bekah (Rebecca)
    February 9, 2015 at 2:51 pm
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    I agree w u. I think some of the the things I see on instagram are so silly and shallow, and yet I can’t seem to pull away sometimes. I want to cut dwn on the amt of time I spend on there. I’m going to follow the acct’s u mentioned because I need more inspirational stuff on my feed.

  2. jacqui
    February 9, 2015 at 3:37 pm
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    Online interaction will always be dependent on the generation you are communicating with … There will be those opposed to it and there will be those who will fully embrace it. Regardless, there will be the few who will deviate from the norm. It is all dependent on one’s comfort zone. Are you afraid to take the path less trodden? Would you care to create your own path? Keep in mind it was the older generation who created or jump-started these vehicles (social media). It eased the path for the younger generation to forge ahead. What other possibilities are available? Little babies play with tablets and smart devices now before they are even one. The question really would be are you hooked, line and sinker or are you able to live without it? We can all be enamored with media and forget the value of real interaction.. One can also be locked in the concept of going with the “norm” and what is acceptable.. What will the challenges be then? Back then, people were called recluses, bookworms, etc. I am an admitted introvert, personality-wise. I regain energy from time away from people. It doesn’t mean I dislike people, it just means I need my me-time. Yet knowing that, I know one still has to interact with people face-to-face to find real meaning and understanding. Statistics do not address those who dare to be different, those who do not fit the norm – the square peg next to the round hole …. hahaha, sorry, I ramble on and I better stop … lolz … I love you babycakes!

    p.s. for all the I love you I say online or in text, it still is not the same as having you in my arms, hugging you, kissing you and telling you how much I love you!

  3. Jonathan
    February 11, 2015 at 8:28 am
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    I completely agree with you here. I’ve seen some pretty terrible occurrences thanks to the likes of social media, and I’ve seen the amazing things that can come of it. Sadly the majority of society takes a very vain, shallow, and self-centered approach to it, but I find someone who is making a positive impact through it, every once in a while. I see it as a means for sharing and spreading the “good”, but it might be some time before the rest of the world uses it in the same way. Thank you for this insightful read. What are your thoughts on how MUCH everyone actually turns to the internet for inspiration/research?

  4. Margaux
    February 18, 2015 at 3:27 pm
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    I think we tend to over indulge when it comes to social media. If used appropriately, it is a great catalyst for change, a wonderful sound board for positive messages, and sometimes, much needed entertainment. .

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