Online overload

Riley Cosgrove, Opinion Editor
February 9, 2012
Filed under Editorial, The Way I See It

I love social networking as much as the next guy—and if you’ve seen my Twitter, you can attest to that. But the problem with social networking sites in general is the curse of over-sharing. Ever been on FaceBook or Twitter and someone posts something way too personal? Like “just ate another cupcake to fill the void #BiggestLoserHereICome” or “like my status if you actually like me because I’m lonely and sad.” It’s awkward, and I’m cringing as I read it.

And let’s not exclude photo sharing. My friends, the mirror is not lying to you. Your reflection is probably the most honest and trustworthy person you know. Ladies,the mirror is not making your butt look bigger because of the angle—your butt is just big. My point with this is, if you know there is something unattractive about you, don’t highlight it in photos and then post them all over social media sites. No one is fooled by the editing or the cropping you do to try and make yourself look like a model.

Funny “muploads” are not cute either. If you are making the “duck face” in more than one photo and uploading it online, take a step back and evaluate your life and ask yourself a few questions. Are you trying to detract from an unsightly facial feature—a mole, perhaps? Are you inebriated? Are you testing out what your lips would look like with collagen injections? And lastly, do you think you are Angelina Jolie? If you answered yes to any of these questions, rethink your “mupload” as well as your own existence.

Further instances of over-share occur with inebriated tweets and statuses. If you want to go out and party, by all means, do so—but don’t share all of your experiences online. I don’t care if an old guy hits on you or if you’re doing narcotics, and I really don’t care what song is playing or what drink you’re drinking. Furthermore, if you can’t type a grammatically correct sentence (and by grammatically correct, I mean typing actual words and not just a bunch of letters because you can’t use your keyboard), your posts really downgrade further.

Everyone knows you party—don’t panic. The fact that you don’t post about it does not make me automatically assume you’re spending your Saturday night with your family (the horror). People think that if they don’t post some proof of partying, everyone else won’t believe they were there. We believe you, really. What we don’t believe is that you’re actually having a good time since you’re hammering (pun intended) the point home that you’re partying. If you can’t stop posting about it, you probably A) are not as inebriated as you want everyone to think and B) are not actually having a good time since you’re glued to your phone. Put the phone down (in a safe place) and actually be present with the people around you.

Now I’m not trying to hate on social media or say I’ve never over-shared myself—I’m guilty of too-sad posts now and again. Social media gives us the power to tell everyone what we’re up to and share our lives, and that’s a great thing. But remember, folks, with great power comes great responsibility.

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