In this day and age, most of our communication is done through Social Media platforms such as:
Current technology even connects us to these platforms on our mobile phone, and so we are connected to them 24 hours a day, even on the go.
Social Media has become a huge case of TMI (Too Much Information!) all day, every day. On Facebook, we see statuses detailing personal feelings, fights with friends and spouses, and the occasional argument via the internet!
Should we be sharing such intimate details? On Twitter, it’s a constant stream of thought under a certain amount of characters. If you search the hash tag “relationships” here are some examples of TMI tweets:
“My decisions about #relationships are no longer based on emotions but logic. i love XXX but don’t need to be in a relationship with one”
“All I Know Is I am Tired Of Being Played & Hurt! But, I Am Going To Get The Right Guy Sometime In My Life! #Relationships”
“#Relationships nowadays = 1 Male, 1 Female, 1 XXX, 1 Ex trying to mess it up & one friend secretly hoping it ends.”
These are just at glance examples, but Twitter is a constant breeding ground for outlandish commentary. Instagram is the newest, and in some ways most alarming example.
- Mostly-Nude women or men
- Food that looks like an explosion
- Cheesy quotations
All these and more can be found when exploring Instagram, it is a place for instant TMI overload.
Although some of us use these platforms to keep up with family, to express ourselves, or to promote our business or hobby; social media can be a bit draining. I believe when properly used, it can be useful. After all, social media does not mean “diary”. It is a place to be social, but not a place to air your dirty laundry.
If that lesson can be learned, and that rule respected, social media is a great tool to interact with family, friends, and fans alike.