How ya’ going? Four or five years ago, I began slowly phasing out of most social media. I was growing out of the teenage, social media-obsessed culture many young people find themselves in.
Most of my past social media history has been erased, but I still have access to my accounts. I’ve been contemplating whether I should begin to immerse myself a little more. I think I miss interacting with people (could be the lockdown talking) and keeping in the social loop by forming connections.
I know I’m not missing out on much; in fact, the purging of accounts has been helpful both mentally and spiritually in the long run. No longer must I sift through non-stop ads or see lives of old strangers I no longer associate with.
I don’t have to scroll through noise and meaningless content offered by socially engineered algorithms (Apart from increasingly frustrating YouTube which I still use).
Yet, I can’t help feeling a little boxed in. Should I give myself back to the Overlords?
Bitcoin and the people I’ve met from it, have helped with that need for social communities and interaction, along with some other face-to-face groups and activities I’m involved in.
Though, I may try giving conventional social media a crack again. If only as an experiment, to see if it brings any additional benefits to my life.
To come back to the sensationalised, loud world of social media is strange, especially being away from it so long. Once you are ‘out of the Matrix’, it feels unnerving coming back in.
I ask myself, why someone posts a status or photo. What are they expecting from it? What is the underlying reason? Are they seeking validation, attention, compassion, or simply posting out of boredom or habit? Are they voicing their opinion into the void to feel in control, empowered, verified, loved, relevant?
I must then ask myself, what is my reason/s to want to attempt posting again? What am I seeking? I believe what I want is more connections. If I broadcast a signal showing that I’m alive and present, perhaps I’m hoping others close to me may acknowledge that. Spending time confined to my own thoughts can get tedious and boring, perhaps I am seeking novelty.
Since leaving the social void, I’ve put so much emphasis on the act of ‘liking’ a post. I’ve never liked or interacted with posts often, so I perceive the value of a like incredibly high. I want it to mean something to the receiver. This is difficult, as the value of a ‘like’ varies from person to person. One user may like 100’s of posts without thinking anything of it, whilst another may limit likes only to what is meaningful to them.
Additionally, the receiver of the like can’t tell if I have liked 100 posts this week, or just their post. They’d also have their own perception on what a like means to them.
I think it is why Twetch is a great platform to me. Liking a post comes with monetary value. The receiver knows that it was costly to like, and therefore creates a much more meaningful interaction. Conventional social media feels like shooting blanks in comparison.
Of course, these thoughts need to be fleshed out more and I may come back to this. I’ll ask myself these questions if I begin to post, interact and observe more.
Anyway, here’s some Chet Baker.