What does it say about a friend who does not interact with you at all on social media? They don’t like your photos, they don’t comment on anything yet you can see them actively engaging with others.
In the digital world we now live in, we now have a new way to get inside the minds of those we think we know. As the saying goes, actions speak louder than words.
Does it mean anything if a friend no longer engages with your content on social media when they once used to all the time? Are they trying to send you a message passive aggressively?
How do you approach that without sounding silly? True story: A colleague at work once told me how his wife’s friend had it out with her for supposedly not ‘liking’ one of her posts. I almost choked on my food laughing – I mean really? Has social media really made us that crazy?
And what do you make of the person that ‘haha’s a post about someone’s passing? For all we know that could have been an innocent swipe of the wrong icon and yet it has painted such a negative image of them online.
It’s the same idea if you deactivate your Facebook account – anyone that notices automatically wonders if something is up. It’s almost funny because it goes to show you how entrenched we are in being connected online that if we, God forbid, go against that, something must be off. It’s like, wait a minute, you mean you have a life outside of obsessively logging onto Facebook only to get bombarded by the newsfeed of your Facebook friends (which probably more than half of are barely acquaintances anyway)?!
From my own personal experience, I almost forgot how much I enjoyed actually talking to people face to face since I decided to take my own hiatus from Facebook. It’s actually been quite a humbling feeling.
I remain a social media advocate, of course, but only in moderation – too much of anything is never good. And certain social platforms are better than others, in my opinion, but I am just fascinated in general with how social media has effectively changed the way we think, in such an extraordinary way.
I don’t know how good of a thing this is but it does give a whole new perspective on impressions – especially if you’re having trouble communicating the old-fashioned way. The purpose of this post is really meant to evoke some discussion so please do share your thoughts on this, I’d be very intrigued by your perspectives. Thanks in advance!
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