There’s this horrible thing that happened with social media. There was once a time when we used MySpace and Facebook constantly. And the majority of people who used it were young and adolescent. There was no method in posting and likes barely mattered. People posted just to post. Thoughts, non scripted videos, song suggestions, funny quotes, things of interests. No one particularly posted for others to see. Then the majority moved on to Twitter. And those random “what’s on my mind” tweets turned into trying so hard to be “relatable”. Retweets and favorites became addicting. Then on to Instagram where I feel like everyone basically understood that the whole point of posting was to get a lot of likes. It’s openly talked about how this is definitely not the point of posting. But very little changes with posting habits. I wish people would go back to care free sharing.
I also struggle with the fact that I feel obligated to follow people just because I know them from middle school or high school or even college. I should be able to only follow the accounts that post things which genuinely interest me. Which I know in reality I am capable of doing this, I still feel like I am personally attacking these people who did nothing wrong to be by unfollowing them.
It’s so interesting how much human psychology goes into the inner workings of social media. I’d love to dive more into this topic and research it by picking the minds of those that study social media and human interaction.
Do you think about this topic? What are your thoughts or opinions?