Do you remember the days before social media really took off? I distinctly remember standing in my kitchen with my brother in law who, at the time, was still in college. He had his laptop on the counter and he was showing his brother (my husband) and I this new program called Facebook. It was only for college kids and no adults were allowed. I remember laughing and thinking or maybe even saying how stupid that was and why did anyone need some crazy online clubhouse. We already had email, chatrooms and instant messaging programs. Facebook seemed so unnecessary.
In a little more a decade the way we communicate and keep in touch has dramatically changed. There are now jobs that do nothing but monitor and interact with various social media platforms. In the past month, it seems not a day goes by that I am not reminded how social media has changed our lives. First, Mark Zuckerberg had to testify to the Senate about Facebook. Last week, I attended a keeping your kids safe on social media presentation by our local police department. And, a couple of days ago, I heard something on NPR about what’s next for social media and is Facebook dying.
The NPR story talked about social media like it was a networking tool – a place to meet other like-minded individuals, a place to broaden your circle of friends. I know social media can be used this way. Linked In is a great tool for networking. However, I cannot imagine using social media to network outside the realm of business. I don’t need to seek out new relationships online. Maybe it’s because we have moved around so much or maybe it’s just that I really like the friends I already have or maybe it’s because I have never needed to try online dating but I see no benefit in meeting some random person halfway around the earth no matter how much we have in common. Would I like to read about some random person’s story? Maybe, especially if it was interesting. But to me, that’s something a reporter or a blogger does not some sort of weird social media thing. I don’t need Tinder for friends thank you very much.
I guess it all goes back to the thing I wrote about Snapchat and the VCR. I can’t help but wonder what will be the next evolution of communication but at the same time, I don’t care. I’m not dissatisfied with what we have. I’m not satisfied with what we have. I truly don’t care and I have bigger fish to fry than to give it much thought or concern.