This generation is a generation yearning for the approval of others via social media.
Don’t agree? Have you ever posted a picture on Instagram, whether it was a picture of yourself or a semi-philosophical tweetgram and was pleased with the amount of “likes” you received? Have you ever tweeted something and anxiously looked for the amount of retweets and favorites you get, just minutes after hitting the tweet button?
Sure, it all may seem harmless and fun — but when does harmless and fun turn into careless, seemingly unremorseful and real? When does seeking approval on social media networks turn into behavior happening over and over again?
It already has. People are not just followers on Twitter anymore.
From the clothes we wear to what we find funny to the lyrics we tweet, it seems as if social media is turning everyone into clones.
For example: Rihanna tweets a love quote or an outfit she wore in her latest video shoot and within days the quote becomes “vital information.” Her gear becomes the latest fashion, turning hundreds of young adults into “fashionistas” while merely mimicking the style of a pop artist.
A ridiculous yet catchy song lyric pops unto your timeline at least three times a day. In a matter of weeks this becomes everyone’s new favorite song. Does this sound familiar? (Granted, this theory dances around the traditional concept of word of mouth, but you get the idea.)
Does social media create reluctance to branch out?
It seems as though being different is the new “in” thing, but no one seems willing to be themselves. We are all fashionistas that are using the same slang, telling raunchy jokes, posting inhumane and degrading pictures and videos for laughs and retweets, listening to the same songs and posting the same faux philosophical posts.
While we struggle to fit in with the social media “in crowd,” creativity falls to the wayside.
We want to be different in the sense that we appear eccentric, brash and carefree (i.e. Rihanna), but we don’t want to be seen as innovative, bringing new, fresh and positive ideas to the table. We don’t want to be seen as role models that build up others with positivity or use our resources to build an idea from the ground up.
I would like to see social media being used for its original purpose: entertainment.
Networking is another main purpose. Network as you pursue your dream and come in contact with people with similar drive and ambition, helping each other along the way.
I challenge everyone involved with any type of social media network to be the true definition of different by being yourself.
Bring your own, true ideas to the table and not what you think will be approved by the popular Twitter crowd. Find music and television shows outside what show is trending on a given weekday. Don’t be afraid to be creative — maybe everyone will listen.
Then maybe, true creativity will be the new “in” thing.
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