It’s hard to be a stranger to social media. Some people manage to stay disconnected, but the majority of us that own any type of smartphone or computer participate in it in some form. Those of us that do partake in these little digital worlds find ourselves checking them several times a day. It’s fascinating that it has very much become a part of our lives.
Clearly social media has evolved over the years as well. All of the platforms started out as a place to share photos and updates with people you personally knew or knew of, but the reach is even further now. Celebrities used to be these elusive beings, but now you get glimpses into their personal lives that they choose to share. These are real people posting about their real lives. It makes it all seem a bit more…well…human.
Those with substantial followings also utilize their platforms to bring awareness to real issues. More and more people are speaking out about their social, political, and personal beliefs and it’s absolutely refreshing. In an arena that’s crowded with so much judgment, it’s nice to see people be brave and take a stand. We don’t always have to agree with each other, but people that respectfully state their opinions are admirable.
While a lot of good comes from social media, there is obviously a negative side. It’s heartbreaking to see people rise to social media fame quickly and have it go to their heads. I’ve lost interest in a few people because I can’t relate to them anymore. Contrary to popular belief, change has never been the problem. Going through a change now and again is healthy; if a creator wants to experiment with how they create their content or they want to change up their style, I think that’s one hundred percent normal. It’s more so about how people let things like their social status define them. It’s easy to see when people stop thinking for themselves and for their content and instead think about their personal gain. Their personality doesn’t necessarily change but their motives do. It’s also hard seeing people blatantly screw each other over and make petty remarks about one another, but I guess that’s what happens when egos get in the way.
Of course this doesn’t describe everyone as many people manage to remain humble, and this is exactly what we need more of. Humans require genuine connections, and establishing those connections is easiest when people are (respectfully) open, honest, and authentic. It’s impossible to relate to the façade of someone.
What do you think about social media as it is now? Do you find it mostly authentic or mostly fake? I’m interested to know, so please leave a comment!