Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Social media & Me (A bizarre match)

Favstar. Instagram. Foursquare. Tweets that literally comprise of "What's up Twitter?". Asking for more followers because you're close to a certain number.

What the hell are we doing guys? Is this what society has come to these days? I'm just trying to understand, even in myself, why we seek validation from a group of mostly anonymous strangers we'll never meet. Why do we care where these people are? Why am I looking at a picture of sunsets all the time? I have questions, and I need answers to them.

Recently a really funny guy I only knew through Twitter, committed as us Tweeters call it, "Twittercide". (By the way, anything you do on Twitter, you change the word you use to put Twitter or "Tw" in front of said word, I know, this is what I'm talking about). He did it because it was building resentment within him, and I think that's a common theme with people who aren't completely consumed with themselves. I think everything I listed just speaks to the unnecessary "advances" in society.

Now I'm not saying everyone who uses those applications are self centered idiots(I have a Favstar, Foursquare, Twitter, Facebook, not Instagram, but that's mostly due to the fact I don't have a Smartphone), that's not the point I'm trying to make at all, if I even have a point. I'm just saying, there are people on Twitter who are "famous" for their Twitter accounts!What is this insanity?! Did these people set out to achieve ultimate Twitter fame? I'm not one to critique the goals of others, since I haven't achieved much myself, but you can cross of Twitter fame as a ultimate goal of mine.

Anyways, I've got 283 followers as of today. I'm not sure what that means. I assume some of them are somewhat entertained by my tweets sometimes. But for the most part you will find out on Twitter, the only reason people follow other people who aren't famous, is to be followed back. It's basically our way of saying "I'll only pretend to care about what you're saying if you promise to pretend to care about what I'm saying". I'll admit it, I unfollow people who aren't following me all the time for that reason.

So the final question, why do I do I occupy my time with all these things I clearly consider trivial at best? The easy answer is I am in fact self centered and consumed with people thinking I'm interesting and funny and giving me the attention I desperately seek in the real world. Which is probably true for the most part. Having a lot of time on my hands also plays a major factor. So yeah, that's probably it. Question, answered!

Anyways, follow me, like me, stalk me, send me lockets of your hair, whatever, just remember, if you don't care about other people, they don't care about you, and that's the only real takeaway I have from social media. The end.