EVERYONE wants their thoughts to be heard. Whether they are willing to admit this or not, it’s just fact. FaKebook is just one of the many examples, then there is the all too famous Myspace that has went by the way of the grave…(and suddenly pops up a new post on your Instagram or Twitter account!)
Social media is booming like never before, but that doesn’t mean people never wanted their thoughts to be heard before, it just means most people were one of three things: scared, doubtful, or skeptical. I just read an article that mentioned the use of social media and how people are skeptical of getting a page of their own. I for one can most certainly relate. I also, can attest to feeling all three of these feelings the people who weren’t ever heard before felt. I have felt scared of what people may think of me if they know my thoughts or opinions, and even beliefs. I have felt doubtful that anyone would care to hear my thoughts, opinions or beliefs. I have felt very skeptical about social media, and for good reason. Social media is a self-centered thing for the most part. Most people just want to look perfect for the world to see and want to have their pictures commented on or tagged. There is also the aspect of online-predators seeking their next victim. Last, but not least, there is the sense of need for social media to simply BE NOSEY! I personally have never had a FaKebook, but my friends do (considering I am 20 yrs old, who my age doesn’t, or for that matter, who my age hasn’t had one less than five years??) So, none the less, we stalked. We got on their Fakebook and looked up old boyfriends, the ugly girls that they got with (to compare to ourselves of course) and this happens with every teenager. Of course now that I’m older, if I am interested in looking you up, Ill Google you…if nothing comes up ill know how unimportant you are. That’s everyone’s mindset. For the record, if you are not Tim Tebow, I most likely will not ever Google your name. (Bet-cha if I had Fakebook that comment would’ve gotten a lot of “likes”)
Whys and wherefores that everyone uses for partaking in their social media: (instead of stating the obvious previously mentioned reasons of course)
- It is convenient to keep in touch with family, and or friends. Now mind you, the friends and family part only means the friends and family that chooses to follow the “norm” with you by signing up themselves. Hello there, speaking from personal experience, if you are doing it to keep in touch with your closest friends and family, you aren’t doing it for them when they choose not to get a Fakebook and everyone knows you are having a birthday party, got a new puppy, are engaged, are pregnant, etc except them. This “closest friend/family member” gets swept under the rug. It’s the harsh reality. How many of you have posted something important, forgot to call grandma, and grandma finds out from someone she hardly knows? Bet grandma didn’t feel that close to ya anymore. Safe to say. If I ever get married, and pregnant (because it should happen in that order) I will never let my husband find out through Fakebook, yes people, that has happened.
- Everyone else has one. PLEASE tell me when I jump off a bridge that means everyone else will jump after…I just know this is the REAL reason people have Fakebook, Twitter, etc. *EXTREME SARCASM*
- Just because there is so much bad on social media doesn’t mean I have to be part of it. Okay, so just because you attend a strip club doesn’t mean you have to be a part of it right? I’ll believe that when I see it. I have seen godly people who read their Bibles often succeed with this motto, but who out there reading this blog reads their Bible daily?? NOT MANY, wanna know why, how about because people are too busy checking who sent them “friend” requests (don’t even get me started about “friends” on FaKebook) who “liked” their most recent post, and who did what to who on somebody’s Fakebook they’ve never even met outside of Cyberspace!
People judge, people talk, people need to get real, and re-read this blog for a reality check. I may be one of those millions who want to be heard, but as of right now, I am making sure I try to keep the most important things front and center in my life, and hopefully social media will always be the least important.
Parents, when you ignore your child as he/she is trying to vocalize feelings or emotions to read a post on social media, you are showing them what is most important.
Children, when you spend more hours in a day in front of a lit screen than you do in front of real tangible people…I hope you figure out what’s most important in life, because it’ll be close to the equivalent of finding a drop of water in Hell. Except here is only nearly impossible, in Hell it IS impossible.
Employees, when you find yourself in the bathroom catching up on the latest gossip via social media, you are a pitiful employee, and I hope you get caught.