Social media has truly changed the way I read my news. Not just news, but news about the lives of my friends, former friends, acquaintances, ex-boyfriends, etc… Obviously, this can be a dangerous platform and even borderline crazy. No one wants to admit, but there is always someone you stalk, for better or worse. And even better yet, all the things you don’t even want to know ever in a million years you can now see when you log into Facebook. Awesome, right??
Most of the time, I login, and I enjoy seeing photos of my friends, seeing what they’re up to, and pretending I’m still in Los Angeles with them. I think happy thoughts, and I am generally proud of my friends for having a blast, getting great jobs, and being the wonderful people that they are.
But at the same time, Facebook is often proof of how ignorant people can be. Sometimes I login and am appalled… and here are my top reasons why:
- I am sorry you broke up. Really, I am. However, I really don’t appreciate reading the dirty details about your latest breakup, your broken heart, and how you feel disgusted with the fact that you fell so madly in love with someone and were betrayed. I mean come on, I already read from your relationship status update that you’re single, so I really don’t need those gory details about emotions. ”Drowning yourself in alcohol to make the pain go away” does not say single and ready to mingle, it says “I am a train-wreck who has to depend on a man to be happy”. I realize that this might make me appear uncaring, but pouring your feelings out all over Facebook does not make one a strong, single gal ready to move on. It makes you sad, self-loathing, dependent, and quite frankly— desperate. No one wants to be that girl! At all costs, refrain from posting your post-breakup emotions. If you need to take a leave of absence from social media, please do.
- Your every thought does not need to be accounted for on the ‘book (use Twitter, maybe… okay, don’t do that there either). I use FourSquare, and I think it’s fun. But this does not mean I am telling you my every move. I do not write “Awake!” then “Ready for a great day!” “So lucky to be at work!” “SO happy to be back home with Jules!” “SO excited to be at the gym!” “OMG I showered!” “Cooking dinner!” “Going to bed! NIGHT!”. I am really quite certain no one at all cares about my daily routine. I don’t like my daily routine much either. With that said, I do not alert anyone when I use the restroom, lose weight, etc.
- False Hope Posts are a good way to embarrass yourself. Facebook is something everyone you know reads. How embarrassing is it if you tell the 1,000+ friends you have that you’re going on a fabulous/amazing/wonderful ideal interview, but then you don’t get the job! You probably aren’t going to post anything like “OH NO didn’t get the job!”, but your followers are wondering. Then you have to admit to them eventually, at least some of them, you didn’t get your dream job. Another false hope post is who you’re dating for the day. Until he’s your boyfriend, you probably don’t want to go about blabbing about him all over your status or his wall. This could get awkward when he dumps you in a month because he finds your posts desperate and “creepy”. But my False Hope Post #1 no-no are things like “BIG NEWS!” and then not telling anyone and making them comment and wonder. You’re just fishing for attention, and people see through this ploy.
- Please remember that your family is on Facebook. Keep that in mind. Your cousin doesn’t want to know how drunk you got, how hungover you are, or that you think you need a boob job.
Edward Sharpe & His Hippie Group
Please check out the band Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, my latest music obsession. I don’t even know how to describe them aside from amazing. Their full album, called “Up From Below” is on iTunes for only $7.99 right now (click HERE to download), and I promise you won’t be disappointed.
My brother seems to think their music videos are a little… odd and hippie-ish, but I think it goes along with their music, so watch it if you like hippies, but you might avoid it if you don’t. I think his description was, “This kind of reminds me of that scene from Into the Wild.”, which is an awesome movie too, you know if you’re interested in some off-beat hippie culture and the life story of a guy who lives in the wild. So yeah, he bought the album. My brother has great taste in life.
Anyway, back to my point- check out this band. My two favorites are “Home” and “40 Day Dream“, and from what I heard they were great live at Coachella. They will be playing at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and are touring all around America- all their dates are on their Myspace. Of course, they’re not coming to Florida… but maybe they’ll read this and change their mind? Please?