The Worst Part of Social Media

Social media has been a part of my life since my senior year of college in 2005. I was introduced to my wife on Facebook before a friend introduced us in-person.  

Social media is normal now. It was in a state of flux for a long time as we all figured it out. Now it seems to have solidified. 

I don't like where it has landed. 

The worst part of social media is that it is now about hype or unwelcome opinions.

I feel the temptation towards both of these, and I don't like them.

Hype is the way everything we post is about how we and our lives are so great. It's not true, but it sure seems true. 

Unwelcome opinions are the way everyone constantly posts their own thoughts as commands or opinions that everyone else needs to know and agree with. 

Neither of these things are the way that we talk with people in real life. I try not to boast of everything that I do in my conversations with friends or acquaintances, but I feel the temptation online to do that.

I don't spray my opinions about most things with the world in-person, but I feel the temptation to do that online.

I realize that even this post is a type of opinion and command post. There is something hypocritical about complaining about other people's complaints. I figure the difference between posting this here and on Facebook is that you came to my website because you wanted to know what I'm thinking about. 

I haven't figured out the right way to post on social media without hyping my life or spreading my opinions unnecessarily. If you figure it out, let me know.


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