“Social media has changed our lives. It has not only changed the way we communicate, but the way we connect with one another, consume our news, conduct our work, organize our lives, and much more. So why not celebrate?”
Thanks to @Mashable 93 countries staged over 600 Social Media Day parties around the globe. Major cities in the United States had guest speakers engage the crowds in discussion. People tweeted, checked-in and blogged about their experiences. One message on Twitter stood out to me as things came to a close. Kris Colvin (@KrisColvin) wrote, “Closing thought for #smday: I don’t think we’re really ready for the “openness” of social media, as a group of humans.”
We are so quick to comment about everything and everyone we forget to ask ourselves if we should.
Social Media has grown too quickly for its own good. It hit puberty early and wants the keys to the car. We are so quick to comment about everything and everyone we forget to ask ourselves if we should. We are training society to believe that profit and notoriety come from a quick video and a catchy phrase. Not hard work, dedication and experience. 15 minutes of fame will take too long to achieve. People want their 15 seconds of fame now.
Social Media has become less about open minded networking and more about over exposure on a microscopic level. The filter of society that we all live with has been lifted and replaced with a keyboard and nimble fingers.
We need to ask ourselves if we would say what we type face-to-face. Are you being you? Or are you building a persona to get attention, business or increase your followers and friends online?