I’m a pretty social guy, under normal circumstances.
‘t normal circumstances.
Something has been bothering me lately though.
Well, it isn’t bothering me more than the pandemic and the resultant collapse of societal norms as we knew them. Nor is it bothering me as much as the realization that nothing will ever be the same again.
Remember two or three months ago when people were “cleaning up” their friends list?
Remember people suddenly announcing that they had had enough of social media and were going to terminate their (fill in the social media platform name on which the announcement was being made) account on Friday (or whenever was a convenient amount of time that they felt they could spend reading the replies to such a declaration.
That first one …
I was always confused by that first one, cleaning up your friends list. Were you paying for the account based on how many connections you had? Was it a physical burden to “carry” the number of friends you had? Were you confused by the word “friends?”
They are not friends, they are acquaintances, virtual acquaintances. And you don’t even need to share everything with them, there are people who are friends with me and they have their account filtered so that none of their posts are visible to me. (Don’t spread that around, they think I don’t know, what they don’t realize is that I know but don’t care.)
Anyway, I get the biggest kick out of the people who post one after the other, a post saying they are trying to fool the algorithm that directs other peoples posts to their timeline by asking people to comment on their post so they get to see more posts (????) and then follow that up with a post saying “Reply to this post or I’ll be cleansing you off my friend list.” never realizing that half the people they’d like to remain friends with won’t see their post anyway because they didn’t post the other post first and then the ones posting this post didn’t get to comment on their post in order to see all the posts ….
Confused? Me too!
The other one where they suddenly announce that they will be leaving the social media platform hosting the announcement in X number of days or hours is the most transparent grab for attention even though the perpetrator is fully intending to do exactly what they say.
But if you really believe in the evil of said platform, why are you using it to announce anything?
Go. Be free. Save yourself.
And then …
Lastly, there are the ones who announce their departure from a platform or group citing all the crimes committed against them and all the disillusions they have suffered at the hands of the other members, and then they quit immediately.
This is what we in the social media world call a flounce. Effectively they feel like they’ve spoken their mind and hung up the phone in the ear of the rest of the group. They got the last word. And they flatter themselves by imagining how much we will have learned from them and how grateful we’ll all be.
And while the flouncers are often the butt of many jokes and long conversations about how incendiary a display of pyrotechnics their dramatic presentation was and how entertaining it was, I usually only have one thing to say to them despite the fact that they never hear it … “Good bye.”
But none of these things …
None of these things seem to be happening so much these days.
It seems that the world is suddenly realizing that all the social media interactions before were just a dry run for now, when this was the only way you could safely get your fix of community.
And as a hyper active guy with ADHD who thrives on attention, other peoples attention, I’m happy to have recognized the value of social media long ago in its infancy.
So I am now happy to say, “Get the hell away from me!”
Except, on social media. you are quite welcome to friend me there, I won’t be cleaning up my friend list any time soon.