When social media first appeared, I have to say it baffled me? Why did people need a new way to stay in contact? Then, as it grew, it suddenly became clear. Facebook facilitated unexpected connections, and lots of them. You could be tagged in photos that might otherwise have never been emailed to you. You could scan someone’s profile and find out you have mutual friends. You could use a status update to shout from the rafters that you’re looking for a room to rent.
Used well, Facebook was a hub for creating more and more genuine interactions between friends and acquaintances. This could actually LEAD to a richer face-to-face social life!
In the past few months, I don’t know about you, but I’ve noticed a huge decline in genuine interactions. There are plenty “7 Deadly Sins” Facebook status articles, which tell us what-not-to-post. However, reading enough of those could persuade you to only post intellectually interesting or entertaining content.
Should each person be expected to become like a TV channel?
I don’t think so. This is “social” media, and should be about personal interaction rather than entertainment. Many people share their art, myself included. I don’t think of this as impersonal behaviour, unless it’s the ONLY thing they ever post. To do that is behaving like a business.
Approaching social media like a business is what we need to counteract. Unlike TV, Facebook is after all, our platform. If its full of inane impersonal content, we’ve made it that way. Everyone I’ve spoken to recently about Facebook says how irritating they find it. I can’t understand it. If you don’t like what someone’s posting – un-friend them. It’s your choice. If Facebook is taking up too much time and you don’t enjoy it, delete your account.
But maybe you’re not deleting your account, because like me, you’re not sure yet. Can Facebook be saved? Can it be turned back into a wonderful tool for sharing thoughts, feelings, opinions, making genuine connections. Or has it simply, gone off?
I challenge you to, just for a week, share purely personal content. Use your status to write what’s really going on for you. Only upload photos/images you’ve created yourself. If you’ve lots of FB friends, there’s no need to be painfully personal, but be genuine. When interacting, “comment” rather than “like”. Send a PM to an acquaintance you’ve not directly connected with for years. Use social media socially. Try it for a week.
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