How Online Interaction Shapes Everything From Baby Name Trends To Revolutions
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.1 awesome person likes this post