Technology has altered how we experience the world in a way that we are constantly connected. Wherever we go, our phone goes with us. It is now an extension of us. This leaves us no reason to not capture a moment on our phones, which is how “photo or it didn’t happen” came to be.
Social media allows us to portray our lives in any way that we deem fit. At times, people may come across as fake because that isn’t how they are IRL. Think: #nomakeup jokes. There are some cases especially with the rise of Essena O’Neill’s YouTube video talking about how fake social media really is. You know the video, it was everywhere, but the conversation has dipped now that a month has passed.
Your social media is all yours to do as you please, until when it affects how others are able to go about their day. That is an issue. A great example is going to L45, aka Kurau Community Library, only to be recited a list of rules. I do well with rules, but when the rules surround the dos and don’ts of social media, that makes things a little less peachy. We were told to not post photos of the place at odd hours because people do not check the opening hours and threw a hissy fit when they went there after hours. There were people hogging rooms just to take the perfect shot for their ‘Gram game only to leave without perusing the books at the library, which disables those who wanted to actually read or study to do so. They were asked to leave because only a certain amount of people were allowed in there.
I get it. I really do.
You see your friend or favorite Instagrammer post a photo of a cool location. Obviously you would want to check it out, it’s only normal. That’s fine. BUT when it disrupts the order of things in the way places are run, that is a whole different ballpark.
Let’s take going to an art museum for example. Yes, the pieces are beautiful, you want an #ootd in front of a Klimpt or a Van Gogh. That makes sense. BUT when you are standing in front of said piece of work for what feels like 5 decades, you are disrupting the flow of the other museum visitors. People are there to see the art, not you. Essentially, be considerate. Another rule of thumb is, take your photo and leave. Don’t just stand there and take your sweet time. There are people who are at the museum specifically for Van Gogh’s Starry Night because they feel deeply for it. Having to manouver their way into the herd of iPhone wielding folks for a peek simply ruins it for everyone. Think of yourself being at a concert only to have 50 phones up in the air, blocking your view of the band. You are now viewing them through someone else’s phone, no longer being fully present at a live event, which you probably paid good money for.
Social media is not the root of all evil. It is how people abuse it that makes it disruptive. What was meant to be an expression of one’s self is now throwing reality into disarray. Social media isn’t controlling you, you hold the ultimate power. Many predict that it will be the downfall of humanity, but maybe we are the cause.
Keep your eyes peeled for a future post on social media cleanse underwent by three brave souls here at KUL. If you have personally done so, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be featured.