I think it’s fairly well known that I’m a bit of a social media
addict fan. I’ve always loved the online world, I just can’t help it. First chatrooms, then discussion forums. Then at one point I got the opportunity to review a load of social media sites for work, and that, along with smartphones (my Blackberry Pearl was my best friend when The Beast was a newborn) solidified my affair with the constant tie to social networking.
I’m not as bad as I was. A combination of being absorbed in writing, and then being cut off from the internet last year on holiday soon made me realise that actually it’s quite nice not to be operating with one hand because my other one is glued to my phone, waiting for the buzz from the next alert. So since then I’ve learnt to leave it on the counter IN THE OTHER ROOM.
Coming from the background that I do, I am fairly cynical when it comes to social networking. From a personal point of view I just say whatever comes to mind, but I can’t help smiling as I watch others going through the motions.
Of course, one of the biggest pulls of social networking is following the crowd, ‘trending‘ is just the same as any other fashion. The Beatles, mini skirts, leg warmers, smoking, rubicks cubes, friendship bracelets, loom bands, Take That, Spice Girls, taking photos of feet. And sometimes, when I’m barking across the room ‘DON’T EAT ANYTHING! I HAVEN’T TAKEN A PHOTO YET!’ I struggle to remember a time I didn’t stand on a dining room chair to take a photo of my dinner, and wonder if it’s something I will always do? Will, whenever I’m at a loose end, I pick up my phone, and take a picture or send a tweet and tell my virtual friends and family?
I know my addiction baffles those around me, and to be honest, it sometimes baffles me. Even as I type this, I roll my eyes at myself. BUT I JUST CAN’T HELP IT!
So here are my top five things I hate that I do on Social Media. Except, of course, I love it.
1. Taking Photos of Food
Already mentioned above, I am a bit addicted to not only taking photos of food on a plate, but the process of making it. I can’t help it, I love food, and the pull of food bloggers and Instagram photos is just too much, I may not be up to some of amazing standards up there, but I can’t help but join in with a bit of #foodporn. I just wish I didn’t feel the need to attempt an arty shot in a dimly lit restaurant.
2. First tweet of the day
“Tea” “so tired” “my children hate me” tweets you will regularly see on my timeline. Perhaps I should put my phone down and concentrate on not only opening both eyes but also making that cup of tea I so desperatly require. I would quite like to wake up and not reach over and un-dock my phone with one practiced movement, but actually, I don’t. I quite like the empathy that other Twitter mums have – they totally get lack of sleep is a bitch. Plus, you can’t beat a bit of friendly small talk with like minded people. Oh and the news loads way quicker on my timeline then it does in the app.
3. Thinking in hashtags
4.Responding to Cryptic Status Updates
We all have that friend. The one who updates their status on a regular basis with something that gets you to say “OH NO! WHAT’S WRONG?!”. You don’t want to ask, but equally, you don’t want to unfriend them. Mainly because whilst cryptic statuses make you want to smash your head on your phone screen, you kinda want to see how it’s going to play out (just so you know – it’s not – the more cryptic the less it means). So even though it’s probably worth unfriending them – your natural human nature nosiness prevents you from doing so, I know it does me.
I BLOODY HATE FEET. They are ugly and smelly, but most importantly they are the little houses for my favourite thing to buy. Shoes. I love shoes, and as much as I resent myself for making my family line up at bowling so I can take a photo of my feet, I love taking photos of them. Just like I love taking a shot of my toes over the edge of the pool “quick, pass my my phone – it’s in my bag on the sunlounger” photos of jellie shoes in the grass, new sandals on the path on the way to the pub for a few sneaky drinks with my friends, propped up on the table next to a G&T after a rather rying day with the kids. For somebody who hates feet, I do’t half love the ‘from where I stand’ hashtag.
What about you? What social media trends do you take part in while secretly shaking your head at yourself?