How much of your life is online?
When it comes to social media, I like to think that I have it down. I love to scroll through Facebook first thing in the morning to see what memes and viral videos that my friends and family have shared. I scroll through Twitter to see if there is anything worth clicking and I stalk through my Instagram feed to see what inspiration I can find.
When I purchase a new lipstick, I put it on my blog. When I think of something funny, I post it on my Facebook. I arrange my beauty products in a creative way, obviously I will snap a photo and edit it perfectly ready for Instagram later that day. But, when it comes to my personal life, I like to keep my fingers away from tapping. I just don't feel the need to put my life online.
When I scroll through Facebook and see that someone I have known for years is announcing their pregnancy, I am thrilled for them but then I always wonder why they haven’t told me in person. Fair enough, it is their choice to post this on their social media, but I sometimes feel a little left out.
If I haven’t been active on Facebook for a few days then I can miss heaps of life changing news. Engagements, Births, Pregnancies and there is one style of post that I don’t think should be shared at all or at least until the family have been told - when someone has passed away. I have learned about personal tragedies days after they have happened via Facebook because people who I know prefer to share it online first.
Hitting that ‘LIKE’ button is a quicker way to respond to the news, rather than picking up the phone or visiting a loved one to congratulate them in person. We have removed the personal touch.
Have we become anti-social by trying to be more social?
When it came to my engagement - that’s right folks, I am getting hitched - my partner and I decided that we did not need to post this event on our Facebook pages but the fact that we needed to have that conversation alone made me laugh. Telling people in person felt amazing because I could see their reaction or their confusion when I casually just dropped it in to conversation - rather than thrusting my left hand in to their face with a beautiful ring and screaming. Okay. I did that once, but that was it.
At the end of the day, your social media is YOUR social media and you can do with it what you want, but what I want to know is…
How far is too far? What do you think shouldn’t be posted.