Social media has done a lot of good, yes. There are articles and ironically blogs talking about the cons of Facebook, Twitter, and the like as well. All we can write about are our experiences, and it’s fair to say that we have had good, embarrassing, and even toxic affairs when pertaining to the cyber madness.
“I use social media just to stay in touch with my family and friends.” We’re calling bullshit. Don’t tell me that you never looked up contestants participating on Family Feud to get a glance at their lives pre and post (semi) fame. Well, maybe you haven’t gone that far, but I’m sure you’ve gotten a glimpse into others’ lives that you most definitely would not have if it weren’t for this newer means of communication.
Case and Point: One day, I ran across a picture of a girl under the, “People you may know,” category on FB, and lone behold did not know her or care to look at our mutual friends. However, she had a great head of hair, so naturally I clicked on her profile picture. Clicked once, and then again, and decided to take a snapshot of this girl's photo to show my hairstylist. I’ve done the same in regards to celebrities and hair trends on Pinterest. No biggie. Well, one fall day I take an adorable picture of my son, and went to upload the new photo (gotta keep dat profile fresh). INSTEAD of the photo of my son uploading, I got on my computer an hour or so later to discover I had uploaded this random girl’s photo….as my profile picture! Even I’m thinking I’m a creep at this point! The photo wasn’t up a great amount of time, but it was long enough for someone (maybe more) to notice. I essentially had to write a defense then and there describing the mishap.
As embarrassing (or at my expense humorous) that may have been, there was nothing more I could do. It obviously was a mistake, and no bad intentions were involved; however, this very mistake would not have been possible without the help from FB founder, Mark Zuckerberg. Be honest with yourself, how much time is wasted looking at photos of people you hardly know? I don’t care what my high school math teacher is doing on Friday night, so why do I know she is, “Counting down the days till summer”?!
Don’t get me wrong. I love the fact that I can post a YouTube clip of the movie, “What About Bob?” on Abby’s wall whenever I feel inclined, but I’m as guilty as anyone of wasting time on the fairly unsocial social sites. Similar to anything else, it’s about finding a balance. We should have more awareness of the people consuming our time and influencing our reality. Let's not find ourselves in a place one day regretting not appreciating the real bodies outside of our computer screens, and spending too much time observing others' lives we have no tangible relationship with.