A concept, an instrument or a way of life? This may be the usual generic post talking about how social media has caused social awkwardness and has led to society becoming more materialistic. But hey.. I think we all know that now.
This is how social media is define (according to google); websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking. But let me now separate the two words.
First, social. The definition of an informal social gathering? slightly relatable. We are all one big family on social media, the insta fam or the snapchat ‘fam’, quite cute when you think about it. But the definition of needing companionship? VERY RELATABLE.
We use social media to seek intimacy, through liking people’s photos, through following mutual friends, discovering mutual interests and commenting on how pretty someone’s dress is. But are we sincere in doing this? Some people just need their feelings validated and we the ‘fam’ help in doing so, and the personal gain? We receive a comment back which strengthens our social media status.Through following this a few times, online friendships are made and a false sense of importance is made. Its the cycle of the SM lifestyle.
Media: My own definition? Retrospective art. Music is rehearsed vocals we play back, photos are visuals we look at from a further point in time. Therefore social media to me, is living in the past and living in the future but never in the present.
That is what I fear. So many people want to post and enjoy what people have done inspiring others to do so in the future. Then all this time is spent not living in the present. Snapchat for example, we are always rushing to get into the app and hit record for 10 seconds, but how many of us actual view the moment not looking through the phone screen? That’s already retrospective.
LET SOCIAL MEDIA BE AN INSTRUMENT TO YOUR LIFE AND KEEP YOUR PERSONAL LIFE, PERSONAL!
‘Posting on social media whilst socialising is unsociable’.