After a Google search of the word ‘social’, one description in particular struck a chord with what ‘social’ means with me.
Yes, there is a huge and ever-expanding online community because of YouTube, Facebook, Twitter (the list goes on). We can now talk in real-time with a friend from school who now lives in Dubai via Facebook chat.
People can also connect with celebrities via Twitter in a way which I find strangely fascinating. And you can even express your fascinating opinion on a typical tweet such as, ‘does anybody like #anchovies?’
However, we could also argue that while the growth of social media provides instant connections, it also leads us to the isolation of our lounge with a glass of red wine and a laptop for the evening. Thus, metaphorically completing a Bridget Jones trilogy, entitled Bridget Jones: The Blog of Blokes.
Would it be better for our emotional self if the clock rewound back to when we merely mused over a poster of Marilyn Monroe? Or is the ability to closely communicate with celebrity online helping us achieve a greater sense of self? Does it help us feel less like your average Joe in rough economic times and more like a glamorous celebrity if we can discuss with our idols and peers whether anchovies on pizza are the #future?
Social media is a pertinent communication tool and its omnipresence continues to develop our sense of self more than we might realise.
So, once you’ve posted a picture of your dinner and uploaded your latest travel video on YouTube, there’s still one more thing at your fingertip – the battery off switch!