Facebookingthe facts of your life
Afew decades back the primary forms of communication were relativelystraightforward. People would write letters, send telegrams, mailpostcards or even take personal trips to different geographicalareas. Today, the world has left many of these traditional means ofcommunication behind. Social gatherings have become a thing of thepast. Nowadays, events unfold very fast, and people place a highvalue on their time. Thesocial media has resulted in Facebook addiction and the developmentof a superficial community it has also shaped the consistencybetween my personal life and my digital life profoundly.
Althoughthe conventional methods appeared somewhat orthodox and lessconvenient, they had a personal touch. People always connected at apersonal level, as opposed to just maintaining contact through textmessages or emails. Conversely, the contemporary means ofcommunication are more sophisticated: they are faster, less bulky,and, hence, more convenient compared to the conventional methods. Infact, people now consider the world a global village.
Unlikein the past, people in different continents can now connect moreeffortlessly. Social network platforms have made communication acrossdiverse geographical locations possible. Some modern examples ofsocial networking sites include Facebook, Twitter, WhatsUp, andInstagram. To access these platforms, individuals must begin bycreating personal accounts, which, subsequently, serve as theplatform for connecting with others users that are registered on thesame networking site.
Acommon feature of all these social networking sites is “postsharing.” Social networks allow people to share ideas, photos,audio messages and video recordings. However, as much as thesenetworks offer innumerable benefits to their users, some downsidessuch as the creation of worlds that are not in tandem with realityalso come into play. Simply put, people live lives that do notreflect their personalities in the social media. These happenings cutacross the board from the young to the old.
People’sability to post images, videos, or even audio recordings prompt themto paint a false image of who they are to the rest of the world. Thereasons behind this type of behavior vary depending on particularindividuals and the situations that these persons find themselves in.Some people seek attention through the social media others seekvalidation while others use the social media to pass the time.Regardless of the motive, the social media is, presently, verypopular.
Inthe process of interacting, people believe that they need to create aperfect picture to attract a wider audience. Unfortunately, byindulging in such behaviors, these individuals lose theirpersonalities. The images presented by the users of the social mediaare usually borrowed from other media outlets, for example, moviesand reality shows. Thus, whenever two people arrange a meeting, theydevelop a lot of expectations but, eventually, get disappointedbecause both parties have personalities that are different from theones displayed in the social media.
Highexpectations are usually developed before meetings because peopleonly reveal particular aspects of themselves. Personally, the socialmedia takes a tiny portion of my time. Reason being, I am arelatively conservative individual, and I rarely involve other peoplein my affairs. Thus, the social media only plays a recreational rolefor me.
However,in the initial stages of subscribing to Facebook, I acted in a mannerthat was similar to that of the majority of social media users. Ialways tried to depict the ‘ideal image’ to my peers, because Ideveloped a feeling of accomplishment whenever one of my friends gaveme a positive feedback. Consequently, I established a small footprintin the social media. My digital footprint prompted me to beginsharing issues that affected or interested me on my timeline. Theposts varied from ideas, comments or “selfies.” Just like manyother users, I only posted what seemed ideal to me.
Theattention felt good, and it was highly addictive. Every time my phonebeeped because someone posted a comment on my timeline, I becamecurious to know what this individual had posted. Afterward, I came torealize that the people that I valued most were superficial, and theimages and ideas that I advanced did not portray my personality thisprompted me to change my attitude toward Facebook.
Istopped posting ideas or images that depicted someone else and beganposting material that was in tandem with my personality. Presently, Ipost real-life events occasionally to get the opinions of othersregarding a particular event or when the situation that I find myselfin may help someone else solve a problem in his life. More often thannot, I only comment on people’s posts as opposed to sharing myideas or personal issues. I believe that my real life and my digitalfootprint are relatively consistent.
Nonetheless,as much as I do not spend too much time on the social media, I feelthat my life would be somewhat dull without it. I usually acquaintmyself with the goings-on in the social media to ensure that I remainknowledgeable on the issues that take place in other regions of theworld. Reason being, besides people focusing on themselves, socialmedia users also engage in activities such as advertising products orservices, creating awareness, and campaigning.
Ina recap of the above discussion, concerns, regarding Facebookaddiction and inclusion into a superficial community, have helped meto contemplate my life in the social media. I have also gained anunderstanding of how my life has changed over the past years, and theconsistency between my personal life and my digital life, asdiscussed above.
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