The Social Media Phenomenon

Social media is a prominent aspect in many of our lives whether we use it to socialize, as a media platform or to just aimlessly scroll as a means of relaxation. Undoubtedly this statement will date me, but I like to recognize that I remember what it was like before the Internet and before social media was born.

One platform is a photo and video-sharing social networking service. Text can be posted to coincide with the images and videos. Hashtags are often used. This platform doesn’t require you to follow a profile to view it, but some accounts are set to private, so you must request to follow them. Scrolling through the pictures and showing some love by clicking the heart is enjoyable.

Another platform provides users the capability to share messages with a limited number of characters. Originally established with a 140-character-limitation, the amount was doubled in 2017 to 280. This platform enables users to like and to share the messages. As most of us recognize, even the leader of our country is inclined to use this platform as a means to share his message.

The platform most of us use regularly, if we are on social media, began in a college dorm room in 2004. It has evolved over the years and provides users the opportunity to have a personal page and attain friends. One can also create a business page and invite friends to like it or create a group and invite friends to join it. Facebook events can be created to bring awareness to the event. Images, texts and videos can be posted in order to be liked, commented on or shared.

Memes make the rounds and run the gamut of inspirational, educational and funny. It seems to be the “norm” for people to screen shot an image or meme and then post it as their own if they like it rather than sharing or giving credit to where they found it, as good social media etiquette would suggest. I suppose that “everyone’s doing it” is good enough justification.

While social media can be inspirational and positive, I’ve also noticed that it can be quite heavy at times, especially when it tends to focus on politics or product selling. Everyone has the power of choice and the right to believe what they choose and share as they are guided to. You can choose who you are friends with, what pages you like and what groups you join.

Personally speaking, I use the platform to share positivity, love, inspiration and words of wisdom on my personal page and my business pages. I do invite new friends to like my pages, but do not demand it. I’ve experienced several instances of over-the-top pressure selling or people saying, “I’ve liked your page, now like mine.” I have to say this feels very childish and what I would deem as bullying.

As humans, we crave connection and social media is one way to feel connected. Becoming aware if you are disconnected from those around you to feel connected on social media is essential. Take note of your own relationship with social media — are you in control or is it controlling you?

*Note – Of course, I shared this on my social media pages and have provided links below to connect with me if you choose to!

 

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