I admit, I was late to the social media thing. I joined most platforms years after everyone was already on them. I joined Google+ just because I had to, but have posted just about nothing there. I hesitated to jump on the “social” bandwagon for three reasons:
- Talking about my private life online seemed stupid and narcissistic.
- Being privy to others’ stream of consciousness rantings ala Twitter seemed like a tremendous waste of time.
- People seemed to irrationally sign up for these services for no good reason besides the fact that everybody else was doing so (peer pressure). Since I am not a fan of group-think and following the herd, I was turned off by this.
Despite my reservations, my ex-wife finally convinced me that it was fun and I signed up for Facebook. It was great at first, as I was able to reconnect with all sorts of people I had wondered about for many years, plus some people I had completely forgotten. It was cool to see grade school friends all grown up, with families of their own.
The initial wonder quickly wore off, however, as one single, ugly truth reared its head: I really didn’t want to hear what any of these people had to say.
Facebook and Twitter function by throwing people’s inane thoughts, stupid opinions, and illogical reasonings in my face 24 hours per day, seven days per week, 365 days per year. These status updates, comments, and streams of consciousness found all over the web have become living, breathing mirrors into the entire reactive hive-mind of the planet. I am daily bombarded with posts from or about:
- Dogs and cats
- Homosexual and transexual rights
- Foul-mouthed little kids
- Politically-correct lunacy
- Hateful right-wingers
- Hateful left-wingers
- Chronic illnesses
- Self-esteem issues
- Artificial optimism (angels, Zen, crystals, healing, etc.)
- Weight-losers that can’t actually succeed and complain about it.
- Thinly-veiled marketing messages
About the only posts that have value are ones showing some kind of art or humor. Hmm, maybe I should try Myspace? Oh yeah that’s gone.
Social media has allowed a peek into the minds and lives of real people, and all I can say is that it leaves me feeling a bit sad. All those broken dreams. The only thing social media has proven to me is that this planet is in serious trouble, because the majority of its citizens are mildly retarded, according to the nuttiness displayed by their social media status updates.
So, while I will continue to use social media for purely marketing purposes, my private life will remain private. I will be removing most of my private stuff, including pictures, posts about current events, etc.
Now this BLOG however, is different. I might start using this as my personal online platform, and to heck with the rest of them.