Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter. 4 words that have become universal. Let’s be real here, does anyone even remember what life was like without social media?
I still like to consider myself to be fairly young. I’m 24 and have been around before social media. Crazy to see how the world has changed in less then 20 years.
I remember being a young girl and the only thing I used a computer for was to play my sim games. Man, how the times have changed. Now, I sit on social media all day and THEN I play my Sims. Don’t even get me started on how much The Sims have developed!
Anyways, I can look back on a time when I was in second grade and was helping my Aunt make an online dating profile. I didn’t know much about social media at the time, but somehow I knew more then anyone else in my family. I don’t even remember what dating website it was, but it certainly wasn’t like it is now. Now, there are too many to even name and it has become more socially accepted to hang out on these sites.
Then, we had MySpace. I have to admit I LOVED Myspace. I was actullay really bummed out when Facebook became a thing. I didn’t feel like social media was much of a competition back when we had MySpace.
MySpace was all about you. Your top friends and your long Bios where you went on and on about yourself and your best friends. Then, to top it off you were able to let your personality really shine through with being able to customize your background and the music you wanted to play. I was always so involved with my MySpace. I spent way too much time finding the perfect “layout” and picking my top songs. You were really able to get to know someone just by their MySpace.
Now, with all the new social media sites everything feels like a competition. It’s not about you anymore, it’s about being better then everyone else and having nicer stuff then anyone else. Social media these days are just bragging platforms.
Oh, you went out to eat? Better check yourself into that place on Facebook, take that Snapchat of the fancy restaurant, and post a perfect picture of your food on Instagram. You went shopping? Better take a picture of everything you bought and add it to all your social media to let people know you bought new stuff. Pay day? You bet that paycheck was all over Snapchat.
We, me included, have become so blind to what we are actually doing. The bragging isn’t something we even think about, it just becomes a habit. Everything we do has to be documented all over social media. We want others to hold us to a certain standard over social media that may not be real in real life. We want to buy the best and newest things just so that we can let social media know we have it and so on. I mean it even comes down to the food we eat. We eat the best food just so that we can Snapchat it so others know what we are eating.
We may not be calling it bragging anymore, but that’s exactly what we are doing. It’s not about us anymore, it’s about what we have.
Social media has spread like wildfire and is showing no sign of slowing down. Take me back to the MySpace days anytime, when things were a little more simple.