Scary Sharing [ranty]

Scream

Questions from Sparks

Social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) a good thing, a bad thing or a mixture of both?

Bad. Right now, I have a Twitter account, which I mainly use for poetry prompts and news, but the way others use it to argue and snark 24/7? Bad. It contributes to our nasty, bullying culture. Of course nastiness and bullying existed before the internet, but we weren’t hooked into it every minute of the day. You could take an actual break from school and not look at what people were saying. But now? Well, naturally you “need to know.” Same goes for the garbage on FB and Insta… you can’t be out of the loop! 😱

Before people fly into a tizzy, I’m not saying anything should be banned. I voluntarily left Facebook and Instagram. I suggest you do the same. Unfortunately I still have an account I made just to use Messenger for the convenience of friend chats, but I hope that’s temporary. It irritates me that some friends are opposed to normal texting.

I am absolutely opposed to the constant political screamfest on every corner of the internet that has accomplished absolutely nothing. Everyone is now able to screech about how much they hate X and get a pile of X-haters to agree, and another pile of Y-haters to engage in an endless namecalling jamboree, yippee doodle. What a great way to spend our free time. πŸ™„

Besides that, social media has destroyed privacy. Many of us overshare in so many ways; it’s the new normal to blurt out our feelings all the time to the whole world or to our 500 “friends.” Not only that, but in order to have “free” access to the things, we give giant corporations all our info, and shrug off periodic hacking and ID theft as a cost of doing business because we simply must stay connected 24/7 to these people who actually don’t even notice when we disappear. They really don’t.

People begged me not to leave Facebook. Then they laughed and said I’d be back in a month. Now, they’ve forgotten me. There are bloggers who have left. Some used to post and comment all the time. Who even ever thinks about them?

Are you camera shy or do you pose for the camera with confidence?

I’m not a fan of people taking my pic when I’m talking or have a mouthful of food. I always let people know when I’m taking their photo, and if they don’t want me to, I don’t. That said, if someone asks, I’ll always smile and agree. Why not ask? It’s just good manners.

Is there anything you’ve kept from younger years for sentimental reasons alone?

I have a folder full of school stuff to remind me of how much potential I once had and that I let it fade away to nothing.

Do you like to decorate for different holidays?

When I had a house I did. I especially went all out for Halloween because that’s such a fun holiday to me, with no pressure for family dinners or gifts. It’s just pure silly enjoyment. For the kids I mean! πŸ€£πŸŽƒπŸ‘»

Halloween pumpkin head

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18 responses to “Scary Sharing [ranty]

  1. The pitfalls of social media! There are many. I keep my page light and funny for the most part. A lot on FB have such negativity. I stay clear of those. Misery loves company as they say!

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  2. I’m very selective about who I follow, so I don’t see a lot of that stuff on social media, and when I do I’m quick to unfollow.

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  3. Thanks Paula for Sharing Your World! Great thoughtful answers all round! πŸ™‚ I ‘mostly’ agree with you about social media. It’s a time waster and there’s just non-stop nastiness or arguing without respect for the opinions and rights of other people. I mainly use Facebook to keep in touch with family that I don’t have contact with any other way. I go there less and less often though, because with it coming up on an election year, I know the platform will be rife with the garbage that was seen in 2016 (if you were pro or con the popular picks). And another blogger here clued me into something I didn’t know – that ‘young people’ (those of 20 years of age and younger ((probably a bit older too)) consider Facebook for “old” people. Um. Okay then. 😐

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  4. I agree with you about social media πŸ’― %.

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  5. Social media is a pain lol it seriously drives a wedge between people (actively and passively). You did good by leaving most of them, they really are not worth it in the long run. Except if they help further your blog’s reach with prompts as you said πŸ™‚

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  6. Why do people choose to use apps for short messages instead of texting? (I mean those that have your number and you theirs.)

    I do remember the bloggers with whom I interacted on a regular basis. I do wonder about them. Sometimes other bloggers and I reminisce about them. If they return, I jump up to greet them. More often than not, they leave again… But I remember!

    Totally agree with everything else related to social media.

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    • I’m remembering some now because I wrote that, but usually I’m thinking about the ones who post frequently.

      I think the people who need to use message apps want to keep their β€œworlds” separate. I have no need to do that.

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  7. I’m torn about all this stuff. FB is a necessity because that’s where some froups I need happen to be posting their stuff (like my HOA). But my friend lists on both FB and Twitter are tiny (40-50 peeps) because I don’t see the point in following if I’m not going to actually see what you post.

    I miss the online communities we had before Facebook. Back when you could write paragraphs and paragraphs and have a threaded conversation and the inevitable thread drift that was just as interesting and a good way to get to know people. That’s how I got to know you, Paula.

    OTOH, I don’t have the energy or desire for long, drawn-out discussions. Life has been reduced to whatever you can fit in one comment and that’s it.

    I’m not happy about any of this but have no suggestions on how to fix since apps are made by young’uns and they’re all on Snapchat or Whatsapp.

    BTW, Messenger’s advantage is that I can message folks out of the country and not pay for it. If I send an SMS to my mom in the US, I get charged. Same thing with overseas phone call. With wifi, it’s free to phone with Messenger. So that I’m keeping for a while longer.

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    • I liked when we had the fun Usenet threads, but they got lost in the nasties. That’s a shame because it really was the perfect medium for a while, nicely separated into a zillion interests and mostly self-policed. Until it was overrun with spam and porn, it was a very cool way to communicate with people all over the world.

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