Nope, I have no other motive. I am seriously going to tell you why you should hate social media. There are so many reasons to hate it that I just don’t know where to begin.
So we’ll start off with one of the most annoying reasons. If you’re anything like me, you probably follow a few friends or family members who live abroad. I’m sure you’ll agree that it is the absolute worst, and not because you completely and utterly miss them, but because they keep rubbing their sunnier, more exciting lives in your face. You’ve probably seen the constant stream of mountain, beach and general sunshine pictures clogging up your newsfeed while you’re browsing from the cold and wet of a Great British bus stop. It’s like these people just don’t consider your feelings.
I’m really not a people person, and if you’re the same, then I think you’ll agree that social media is a terrible idea. Not only am I forced to connect with the people I interact with on a daily basis (as if I don’t see more than enough of them already), but I can also connect with people from all over the world. The people I’ve talked to have admittedly been really nice, but have they ever heard of stranger danger? It’s a dangerous world out there. Living in fear of strangers is an easy way to stay safe.
People also use social media to express themselves, whether it’s through a beautiful, artistic masterpiece, a lengthy, well-written post or a short video of a slightly questionable interpretive dance routine. For all their beauty, I know we’re both on the same page here – we don’t like seeing it. You know why, I know why – these people are way too talented, and they know it. While they share something undoubtedly profound, creative or intelligent with the world, here we are sat on our phones or laptops struggling to formulate a single engaging tweet. They know they’re better than us.
— Lola Dupré (@loladupre) November 30, 2015
So many people are struggling in the world, and social media seems to be the place where users can reach out to ask others for help, especially for funding. Usually this will be in aid of charity, to help pay for a pricey operation, or to go towards a project that needs financial support. I just don’t have enough money to give to these poor people in need. It makes me feel useless when I see these kinds of posts in my newsfeed, and I think you probably feel the same. It’s best to just avoid social media altogether.
Adverts. Need I say more? Yes, actually, I do. Now I know, this blog is supposed to be about why you should absolutely despise social media, but let’s be honest here, the reasons above are terribly silly and ads is probably the only real reason here.
Usually adverts really get on my goat, so naturally I have sought out ways to avoid them in the past. But on Facebook especially, I’m impressed at the ability it has to target relevant ads to me. Just the other day I saw a sponsored post marketing T shirts saying ‘It’s a Wheeler thing’ on my newsfeed, specifically targeted at users with my surname. I know I’m a bit of a nerd, but I am pretty pleased with how the ads on my newsfeed are really relevant to my interests. As a marketer, it assures me that I can target my clients’ ads to people who are genuinely interested in what they have to offer. This means that I won’t waste money on people who won’t buy the product I’m advertising.
So that’s that. Don’t even get me started on the Kardashians.