or.. Why I don't use Facebook?
I recently received exciting news from a friend, via a message on WhatsApp. I replied directly, congratulating him. I later learned that the same news had been shared via Facebook. Of course, here many others posted their messages of congratulations. Along with the inevitable "Like" thumbs up.
I don't disagree with the sentiment, but I do wonder how impersonal it is. Surely it would take just a few seconds extra to send a personal, private, message to say "well done", or "great news".
It's a small gesture, but I believe today we are so wrapped up in social media, to the extent that our lives are broadcast in the moment. Please, don't get me wrong. I have been guilty in the past of posting photos of days out, birthday messages etc. I still post on Twitter; but if it's to someone in particular, then I send a Direct Message to them, and them alone. Or, I send them a text message. Maybe even an email.
Social media is terrific for sharing; but it gets quite impersonal. Monotonous even. The same people, day in, day out; posting photos of their days out, dogs, cats, achievements, children's achievements...
I totally understand that it's exciting to tell everyone some good news; but what happened to the personal touch. The days when the "bush telegraph" took over and the news spread via telephone - I think it was called gossip. Now; it's instant...out there, in your face...
I'm not completely anti social media; it has its uses and I do use it; I post occasionally to Instagram, but use it mainly for following people and interests.
I also use Google+, mainly for the communities. Again, I don't feel the need to post all the time.
I don't 'do' Snapchat; I'm not their target demographic and I don't use Foursquare (does anyone, anymore?)
So, I'm happy with my life outside social media, just dipping my toe in every now and then. I certainly don't feel the need to post my daily lives to all and sundry - those I want to know, I tell.
And if I send you a personal message, directly, it's because I value you as an individual.