People use social media to vent, and although I don’t mind reading people’s displaced passive aggressiveness, I realised that something was clearly wrong here, and that’s it: the passive aggressiveness, it’s exhausting! Subliminal taunts thrown across the internet, with the marginal hope that the offender will read them, but why? To hurt them? These actions are only followed by a string of rebuttals from the offender; sometimes I wonder, how old are we really? After everything we have been through as a race, has it all really boiled down to this? An “I really hate certain people” tweet? Nice!
I am frankly quite bored of reading passive aggressive updates. I am bored of reading other’s people tweets/statuses and wondering who they could be about, I cannot think of a worse way of dedicating your mental energy towards! I’m bored of the “I’m so sad” tweets and the “I’m so happy” tweets, they are so frequent, one would be inclined to believe they were suffering from a paroxysm of extreme emotions every hour. I’m bored of someone reading this article right now, thinking that I’m writing about them, well no need to fret, because I’m not writing this article with anyone in mind (but if the shoe fits… haha).
Happy updates. We’ve all seen them, the “I’m so happy right now“‘s, and the “never been happier!“‘s. Now I don’t have a problem with people being happy, of course, but it’s when people put on a show and simply say these things to impress others. If you’re really that happy, then just enjoy the moment, why digress? Nowadays, people feel the need to announce to the world that they’re happy, that they’re lives are going well and fine and that they’re content. For me, I see it as simply another form of gloating, “look at me! I’m so happy!” There is a ludicrous protocol lying underneath all of this, and that is if you are not telling everyone about how happy/wonderful/amazing you are, then you may as well not be happy/wonderful/amazing to begin with. How ridiculous too, that this hidden universal protocol is followed religiously by many people on the internet.
This idea of missing out on something, the imminent fear of being branded an ‘outcast’ through a screen, it’s simply a fear we are feeding into. Naturally, we would not want to feel like our lives are somewhat any less better than anyone else’s, we don’t want to feel like we’re missing out on something. Hence, this is why some people feel the need to let the internet know that they’re happy, to remind everyone they’re not missing out on anything. It all sounds crazy, and I prompt you for alternate theories, but really, this is the reality of the matter. Of course, there is always another side, perhaps these ‘happy updates’ are a by-product of our narcissism. I have previously discussed how we are a generation of millennials full of pride and egoism. Perhaps it is our self-entitled agenda manifest again, we feel that we have a right to let the world know of our wonderful lives, since our opinions are that important to everyone.
Social media websites like Facebook are simply stages for showing off. Everyone is acting and pretending, following the unspoken protocol. Typing to impress rather than express, sucking up to and flattering mere nobodies in a vain attempt to gain some attention. A stage for people pretending to like each other, pretending to seem sociable and outgoing, when in reality, they are the exact opposite of what they say they are. I must admit, I do find it odd when I come across naturally introverted people who transform into rather boisterous beings on the internet. Is it really a good thing to see naturally introverted people transformed into these sociable busybodies behind a screen? Although social media could be seen as an outlet for people to express themselves, what is the point of it if people are not going to act like themselves?
Perhaps I have digressed a little, but don’t think I have forgotten to bring up those dreaded “I really hate some people” tweets! On a serious note, what is the purpose behind those kind of tweets? My own moral philosophy regarding this kind of venting is plain and simple: if you have a problem with somebody, then you pick it up with that somebody, not with the 554 million innocent people on Twitter, or whatever the website is in this context. Indirect statements are cowardly, and rather than coming across as agreeable, the 554 million Twitter users will be inclined to think you are simply bitter. And annoying.
So if we are not trying to brag about ourselves and our lives on the internet, then we are inherently stalking everyone else who does. Accompanied with an interlude of slyly indirect comments bitterly thrown across the internet, and there we have it: social networking! Of course, in my hyperbolic manner, I make social networking seem like a battle ground rather than a friendly place to connect with new people, as it is so strongly marketed as. Albeit, it is not all doom and gloom, like me, you can enjoy reading people’s status updates from a comical perspective, (it is all rather entertaining, really) and then put all your thoughts together and type them up in a fancy article; afterall, it all makes great writing material, evidently!