thoughts on technology.

I read an article today entitled “Stop Instagramming Your Life” and it hits my thoughts on technology right on the nose. I would like to be better about not Facebooking, Twittering, and Instagramming all the time. The following quotes are what struck me most:

Because community—the rich kind, the transforming kind, the valuable and difficult kind—doesn’t happen in partial truths and well-edited photo collections on Instagram. Community happens when we hear each other’s actual voices, when we enter one another’s actual homes, with actual messes, around actual tables telling stories that ramble on beyond 140 pithy characters.

But seeing the best possible, often-unrealistic, half-truth version of other peoples’ lives isn’t the only danger of the Internet. Our envy buttons also get pushed because we rarely check Facebook when we’re having our own peak experiences. We check it when we’re bored and when we’re lonely, and it intensifies that boredom and loneliness.

But that’s the Internet. The nature of it. I so easily fall prey to the seduction of other people’s partial truths and heavily filtered photos, making everything look amazing. And their amazing looking lives make me feel not amazing at all.

Let’s choose community. Let’s stop comparing. Let’s start connecting.

3 thoughts on “thoughts on technology.

  1. interesting thoughts ehnie. :) I do think that blogs fall under the same category although it obviously is not the same platform as fb/instag/tt. also, I’m under the impression that human nature will remain unaltered regardless of what mediums we have at our reach. conversations at the dinner table can be just as much as half truths as an overfiltered instagram pic of 4 friends at the beach “jumping.” (haha… funny, huh?) anyways, i often think about this topic and this is the conclusion i’ve come to. it seems to me that the power lies within you (cue cheezy ta-da sound); don’t fall for the lies!!!!! whether it be on fb or at the dinner table! =)

  2. Ah, you bring up a really great point that I often forget, J! I think what I got from this article is that in person relationships–rather than those that revolve and are primarily held through social media–allow for transparency. The computer screen or the smartphone screen is already a physical barrier that automatically allows for half truths. Not many people are entirely transparent online, and that’s okay. Honestly, I would be irked if someone posted doom & gloom Facebook status updates all the time…but at least there’s truth in doom & gloom as well.


  3. I used to feel that “envy” when Facebook first started and MySpace was still acceptable as a form of social media. I used to think… “why hasn’t this person replied to my wall post?! I KNOW THEY’RE ONLINE.” Or “Why didn’t they invite me to their ultra cool house party?! I thought we were friends!!” But that was when I was very young and insecure, and thought that having a lot of friends led to a quality of life we should all have.

    Now, when I post photos or status updates it’s because I want to remember them. Facebook has that timeline feature which makes it entertaining to see what I thought was so important to post publicly back in 2006. As for IG, I do it because I want to know who finds my life mildly fascinating haha.

    I do think people are losing touch with living in the moment. So many of us are dependent on a virtual lifestyle that it’s starting to become slightly obnoxious (cue the obsessive hashtagger).

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