Archive for October, 2011

Current status: Brett Bodner is going to be up all night writing this editorial. Does this have any impact on the world around me? I think not.

Social media is slowly taking over the lives of the millions of people who use it on a daily basis. It seemed like a good idea at first, but now looking at what it has turned into, it clearly is one of the worst things ever invented.

“Hand over your data, your life, your … soul. And enjoy eternal life in the social media universe,” said a recent Chicago Tribune article in regards to Facebook. However I say take back your life and get off Facebook.

Facebook forever changed the scene of social media when it broke out onto the scene in 2004. It gave people the opportunity to make their own profiles and to add people as “friends” so you can then see their profile. Twitter also came about five years ago and is very similar to Facebook’s statuses.

Facebook leaves nothing to the imagination anymore. You can discover so much personal information about a person just from going on their profile. People disclose almost anything over Facebook and Twitter. Phone numbers, addresses, relationship status, job status, it is all out there for the world to see.

To make things worse, people post statuses as if what they’re doing is the most important thing in the world at the moment. For example, one tweet I just read on twitter read “Spending a night in reading. Perfect end to a long and satisfying day. #winning.”

Comedian Lewis Black talked about Twitter in his last stand up special Stark Raving Black, “Where do you get the massive ego to think anybody gives a s*** what you’re doing!? If you’re describing what you’re doing then you’re not doing it!” and he could not have said it any better.

Currently there are over 750 million people that have Facebook accounts and according to BBC News, 200 million people have twitter accounts. In other words, Facebook has as many users as the United States, Canada, Russia, and Mexico population combined.

That is an absurd number of people.

When did we as people become so narcissistic that we feel that need to broadcast our lives on social media platforms for the world to read about?

The Chicago Tribune article also reported that Facebook had big changes on the horizon where you will be able to watch music videos, shop, and read the newspaper all from your Facebook account. When you are doing all of these things, your friends will be able to see what exactly you buy when you’re shopping and what songs your listening too. Basically your life is going to be broadcast even more.

My advice, let’s get out of this social media phase before social media is not just a place where our lives are seen through tweets and status updates, but instead are run by social media outlets.

Tweet this; @world get out while you still can.

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