ocial media is now as commonplace as milk and cereal for breakfast. For some people, scrolling through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter is even more important than breakfast. Posting a status update while quickly chugging a cup of coffee before work is something almost all of use can relate to.
And for those of us who can't quite comprehend the intricacies of social media, there's always someone out there willing to explain it.
A columnist recently did her best to deconstruct modern social media woes using only some funny captions and illustrations from a very old book.
For some of us, social media is like breathing. We gotta do it.
If you’re like a lot of people, checking messages and updates might be something you do before you even brush your teeth and get dressed for the day. After all, our culture revolves around 24/7 statuses and the need to know what other people are thinking and doing at every moment. So you want to know what happened during the eight hours you were sleeping?
Yeah, we know it's kind of a time suck.
The amount of hours the general public spends on social media collectively is anyone’s guess, but we know it’s a lot. It can become a bit of a black hole, slowly stealing away your day, minutes at a time. But it’s also a good distraction from things like waiting for the tea kettle to boil or standing in long lines at the grocery store.
It definitely has its silver lining though.
Social media is a fantastic way for busy people to stay connected with friends, family, and even acquaintances they met once and feel the urge to perhaps talk to again someday. A lot of us have both friends in real life and friends online, and we like it that way.
Not to mention, having a bunch of different social channels can help us stay organized. Sort of.
Birthdays, anniversaries, wedding announcements; social media helps us keep life’s numerous little moments on track. Can’t remember when all twelve of your cousins were born? No worries, Facebook will remind you. Oh, and you had no idea one of your college friends just had her third baby? That’s OK because, the news just came through your feed. The going out to buy a present so you don’t look like you forgot is on you.
Thanks, social media.
Though it can be a little bit of a free-for-all.
Along with the good, goes the bad. And after spending any time on social media at all, it’s easy to see that everyone has an opinion. Which is great. But sometimes we feel the need to overshare with each other. Or fight about it. Or get into conversations that probably end in laptops getting punted across the room. It’s the “tread carefully” side of the internet.