Over the last few years social media has become such a paramount part of people’s lives, particularly in the case of twenty-something year olds.
I was chatting to this guy the other day, he must’ve been about 24, so not much older than me. ‘Have you got Snapchat?’ he asked. Nope. ‘Instagram?’ Nope. ‘Twitter?’ Nope. ‘Facebook?!’ Yes! But I hardly ever use it…[awkward silence]. His facial expression said it all: a mixture of shock, disappointment and disgust. It’s safe to say that was the end of that conversation! So I pulled an ‘alrighty then’ face, apologised for disappointing him and then walked away.
Is it really so bizarre to be almost 23 years old and not have a strong urge to hashtag left right and centre? #bae #tbt #wifey #turnedup #yolo. Is it bizarre not to want to upload photos of every meal that I consume? These days you’re only as good as your last selfie. But what if you’re just not that into the whole selfie game? Yeah sure, I take one every so often, but I could quite easily go a few months without taking a photo of myself. Maybe the vanity epidemic that’s consuming my entire generation hasn’t reached me yet. Maybe I’m subconsciously rebelling against the norm in an attempt to be ‘unique’. Maybe I’m just too lazy. I have no idea, all I know is that it’s not really my thing.
It’s not that they’re beyond my level of comprehension, I know exactly how all of the platforms work (I’ve tried them all out at one time or another, so I know just what I’m missing out on). And I’m more than happy to use them in a work-related environment, but when it comes to personal usage I just don’t see what the big whoop is.
If it wasn’t such an egocentric self-promotion tool, focused solely on me, myself and I, maybe I’d take more of an interest in social media. I like the fact that it allows you to connect with people so easily and to express yourself but such benefits are massively overshadowed by the vanity factor. And that’s just not my cup of tea.
My instant thought when I buy a new outfit is never, let me take a photo and upload it to Instagram. My instant thought when I get a new eyeshadow/lipstick is never, let me take a selfie and post it on my Snapchat Story. My instant thought when I’m feeling angry/hungry/hangry is never, let me update my status on Twitter. I just don’t need that validation. If I like something or something looks good to me or I feel a certain way, I don’t need anyone else to jump on my bandwagon to assure me that what I’m thinking/feeling is correct; if it’s correct to me that’s all that matters. And no amount of likes or retweets can affect that.
Just the idea of having multiple social media profiles is exhausting; WordPress is more than enough for me. I’m a self-professed old-timer-before-my-time and I’m happy to be. I’m not easily accessible to every Tom, Dick and Harry out there and that’s the way I like it. I don’t know any random people’s business and they don’t know mine, it’s a nice two-way street to be on :). The people who actually know me always have the inside scoop as to what I’m up to and that’s all that I’m really bothered about. The whole thing is slightly ridiculous and tragic but such is the age that we live in I guess: the age of social media!