What role does social media play in your life? In the past 5 years, exponential increases in social media have been prominent — but is it YOUR life you’re portraying behind that iPhone? Social media is any shy individual’s safe haven; they put on a persona which they could never execute otherwise due to the limitations of face-to-face interaction.
What does that say about society as a whole? Are we linearly growing more awkward on the scene and more vibrant on the screen?
Let’s look at one case of revolutionary growth in social media — Twitter. Come Twitter, come Twitter fights. High school students, adults, hell, even celebrities — Nicki Minaj vs. Mariah Carey, Kanye West vs. Christianity. With this in mind, do these fights ever carry over to real life? The striking answer is a fat no.
Note my Twitter fight example between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey — an acclaimed battle that persisted for months. However, the ironic twist is that this fight carried on throughout their co-judging season of the diminishing and unpleasant American Idol (if that offended you, please evaluate yourself). With that being said, WHERE WERE THE CAT FIGHTS? Nonexistent. Our friend, Nicki, had every opportunity to showcase her bashing tweets on national television, yet nothing besides mere bickering occurred. With all of this accounted for, it’s safe to say that “Twitter fighting” is far from authentic (both on a high school and celebrity level).
Let’s fixate our ill-lengthed attentions towards tweets with actual purpose. Anyone on the Twitter scene has witnessed those tweets with reference to “getting something done” — or for the sake of beating that dreaded 140 letter-limit, feeling “accomplished”.
Here’s a tweet from an undisclosed individual I personally follow, who we will acknowledge as “Guy”. Guy tweeted [sic] “this New Yeaar, Im gonna knock the sh*t off. Im gonna make my mom proud. school comes first now #change #resolution”.
After the three times it takes you to read and comprehend that, focus in on a tweet from Guy posted eight days later (which for the sake of identity protection, I will describe). Guy’s tweet included a picture of him partying — but that’s not all. He was also grasping his “area”, and holding what looked to be a joint.
Now, here at Poor Scholars, we don’t judge — we evaluate — but Guy’s partying tweet didn’t exactly meet the criteria of “make my mom proud”. Sorry, Guy, but today you act as the perfect representation of “saying, not doing” (or in this case, “Tweeting, not doing”) within social media.
What I’m trying to stress is that social media acts as an alternative personality.
I’m not telling you guys to delete your accounts and go old school — that would be hypocritical (note that there’s a “follow @jack_pmarshall” button). What I’m saying is, forgive me, chill on it. Don’t completely dump your life onto something as simplistic as an online account.