Social Media…why?


Last week I made a post about Rosanne Barr, about what she said, what ABC did…etc. It got me thinking. When I was watching the original Rosanne show, I remember her saying things like she said but it was not such a heart stopping, OMG moment. She did say things very similar but no one really paid attention to them like they did now. I know maybe it is a good thing to draw attention to things like this so it will stop but I wonder why people are so concerned with other people’s existence? Why we have to look for something to be wrong? If we did not have the social media options that we do, would we be better off or worse? I ask these things constantly I think more because I have kids growing up in this “new” world and to be honest I’m worried. I’m worried because most of the new generation does not know how to process things the way when I was growing up. I worry because I see so many people detached from reality and cannot process the real world and when they cannot then other issues develop.

Before anyone says I am old fashioned, behind the times, or I don’t know what I am talking about, I am not against social media. I am not saying if social media was not around nothing bad would happen. I am all for being connected to each other. But at what point do we stop looking at other people and try to change or try to convince ourselves we are them? At what point do we take OUR lives back and stop trying to prove we can do what the other people we follow are? Why do we have to post every moment or even almost every moment of our lives online? WE need to take our lives back.

Social media is not a bad thing. It helps us see things we may never have seen before. I remember when computers became popular and the average person was able to buy one and put it in their homes. It was touted as being a “gateway to the world” It is true, it is an amazing thing. Then came the internet..I fell in love with those dial up modems that made those screechy sounds because I never knew where it could take me. Then as the computers got better the number of websites increased as well as the speed to get from one to the other increased. And when we thought it could get no better Social media started to develop. Now we cannot live with out our computers or social media.

This is not a post to say how bad social media is. This is a post to make those of us who do not remember a time with out computers, internet, or social media try to think past this. To try to see something beyond what is now. To understand what is on this screen is not all real no matter what the person on the picture or video says. We all need a dose of reality. Not virtual reality.