I realize this blog post may be confusing to those who know me because I work in social media. It’s literally in my job title– Social Media Strategist at Rosenberg Advertising. However, nothing is perfect. Especially when it comes to the Internet. So, for my first writing challenge, I’m going to break down five things I think are completely ridiculous and wrong about social media and hopefully we can all learn something from it. Here goes nothin’.
1. It makes people self-appointed authorities and experts on any given topic.
I’ve vented about this before, but it certainly had to be number one on this list. Social media was not invented for people to morph into assholes nor does it exist for natural assholes to further asshole themselves. That sounds sexual, but you know what I mean. Whether it’s political superlatives, You’re WRONG if you think so-and-so should become President, social issue superlatives, If you were born a certain way then I can’t be friends with you and I think you’re a monster, religious superlatives (the worst kind, in my opinion), to plain old passive aggressive jabs at people, it’s making the world a worse place. Did you go to college and major in the debate team? Do you have a B.A. in aggressive content? Do you have one half to a Best Friend necklace and Jesus has the other? Didn’t think so. Enough is enough, people.
2. Cyber-bullying and exclusion.
This one goes hand-in-hand with the first, but it’s no secret to anyone that nowadays, the place to go harass people is on social media. I’m so thankful I didn’t grow up in the social media generation like kids are now. No child in this world (or adult for that matter) should have to alter their appearance or Kylie Jenner their lips just to get approval from the masses. It’s a lose-lose. The more you try, the more haters you’ll have. Also, there’s nothing worse than a Snapchat story some days. Ever have that moment when you’re watching a snap story only to realize, why the hell wasn’t I invited to this, hey those are my friends seemingly having a great time without me, oh great someone else in the same exact time and place is adding this to their story too. I know I have and it sucks. Live in the moment, people. If I know exactly what time and what vehicle you were pre-gaming in to Dave Matthews this past weekend, you can bite me.
3. It’s too hard to explain to someone who’s not “in” it.
I run into this problem all the time at work. Clients think they need a social media account, but don’t understand why or what they want from it. I sometimes feel like I’m speaking a different language to social media newbies. The rule is simple and everyone, whether you’re a business or an individual, should stick to it: if you have nothing useful to say, you can’t inspire people, or don’t have time to dedicate to it, then don’t do it. Hire me to, or something. 😉
4. The death of spelling and grammar.
Hi. If you ever spell anything wrong or use poor grammar in front of me, I’m judging you. Hard. I’m being as transparent as I possibly can. There’s nothing worse than presenting yourself on social media with an absolutely horrible grasp of the English language. Employers are looking at your profiles, potential lovers, and well… me. And that’s scary enough. I think everyone should try to be more mindful of spelling and grammar in general, but it’s because I’m super old school and afraid we’ll lose all sense of beautiful, traditional writing.
5. You think you can’t live without it.
Can you imagine a life without social media? I can’t, only because it’s my job and if it goes away, well then so does my dignity and pride. Right out the old window. Even though social media consumes A LOT of my life, I try to be more mindful of not being on it all the time. Especially when I’m with loved ones. It’s tough and yes, FOMO (fear of missing out) is real, but sometimes it’s incredibly therapeutic to leave the phone and the computer alone for a while. You can do it. I promise. Unless you like it when people call you a wall, because that’s what it’s like talking to you in-person. For that, you’ll need additional help.
WHAT DO YOU THINK IS WRONG WITH SOCIAL MEDIA? I’D LOVE TO KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS. YES, I MEAN IT. I’M WELCOMING OPINIONS THAT MAY CONTRADICT MINE.