Absurdity of Social Media Obsession Defies Reality, It Sucks: More Social You Get, Less Real You Become

Social media (or social networking) sucks; plain and simple: According to Daniel Nations; the term ‘social media’ is used to describe almost anything on the Internet… although there is vagueness in its definition most people equate social media to sites/apps, such as; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram… and most people are absorbed with words, such as; ‘friends’, ‘engage’, ‘followers’, ‘connections’, ‘likes’… all kinds of other blather.

Social media has become ultimate absurdity of human psyche; it’s– repetitive, purposeless, confusing… most information is stupid, preposterous, ridiculous… the metrics are insane, e.g.; millions of ‘friends’, thousands of ‘connections’, millions of ‘followers’, thousands of ‘likes’…

The reality is that these metrics are meaningless– most people only communicate and build meaningful relationships with very small percentage of so-called; ‘friends’… less than 1% (assuming these are real people, not robots)… but for many it’s not a matter of value– it’s an ego thing, it’s mine is bigger than yours… it’s obsession  and no sense of reality…

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According to Nate Elliott; Facebook has failed the business community– a Forrester survey of 395 businesses in– UK, U.S., and Canada– found that Facebook creates less business value than most other digital marketing programs… According to Rick Bomstein; understanding the Facebook phenomenon is something of an enigma; the idea of ‘connecting’ with so many people who you have not seen in years, if not decades… and, hundred if not thousands of people who you have never, or will ever meet, and don’t really care much about– seems absurd. Hence, social media is a perfect antidote for those feeling insecure about their mortal make-up… It’s simply another illusion for those desperately searching for a way to escape the reality of the world…

According to Jonathan; how stupid is Twitter? only something this tasteless could truly capture the frivolity of the compulsive… Deep-down you know that you could never get away with this level of self-important blather in any other communication medium… But as long as others keep ‘listening’ and retaliating with their own narcissistic brain-farts, you continue to group-think into the delusion that the emperor is wearing some skivvies; and it’s completely acceptable behavior to broadcast an announcement, e.g.; recovery from a hangover, or random facts you learn from reading pamphlets at the local super market, or waste away your day communicating trivia with people you don’t know or care about… Then there are the recursive loops of self-importance (better known to the self-important as ‘meta-tweets’)… it’s all an absurd waste of time…

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In the article Social Media Sucks! by Dawnna writes: About 80% of social media ‘sucks’! In fact, it sucks so friggin’ much that I think I am going to cut out about 80% of my network and only allow ‘real’ people in! Sounds radical? Maybe not. The first thing that I noticed is the ‘content’… Most people are just quoting other people and I could care less about what– Einstein, Steve Jobs, or others… have to say about a topic… If I wanted to know I would read the book…

Then there is the ‘most popular person’ in the world syndrome– they have more invitations in their inbox that anyone else! But not to be out done; I tested the waters of social media to see what was real and what was fake. So I attempted to communicate with people only moments after their tweet or post would hit the airwaves. My replies were consistently met with silence. Maybe they passed out on the keyboard only milliseconds after the post went out, or maybe I was connected with one of the damn automated owls on ‘Hoot Suite’! I even asked people if they wanted to meet for coffee or have a real conversation (like on the phone) and again; the response was silence…

Am I bitter? Not really: I just refuse to waste time talking to an owl. Call me crazy, but I want real conversations with real people. I want to be– dare I say– social! And I want to be social with people who have their own original thoughts; write their own articles and have something to say other than what someone else said… I don’t mind if people post their own articles; or have something interesting to say about something they actually read. However, I will drop anyone that is 100% automated that quotes others constantly; and does not have enough of a brain stem to actually interact socially… I want to socialize with real people, about real things…

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In the article Absurdity of Social Media by bitchspot writes: It’s funny but the more I look at social media and the more I partake in social media, the less impressed I am with it all. Take Twitter, for example: Of what use is Twitter? All I see is people throwing insults, retweeting endless memes, tons of pictures with famous quotes but nothing else… What is the point of it all? What does it accomplish?

There’s nothing useful going on. There are times when the same meme is retweeted more than a dozen times in a row. It’s short attention span theater! I’m not trying to insult people, but honestly, I don’t see Twitter attracting the best and brightest people… The majority of them seem to be, well, idiotic… That may very well be because of the way I use Twitter: I don’t invade other people’s hashtags and make fun of their– religion, race, politics…

Then there is Facebook and Google+, but none of these services are set up to allow intellectual discussions to occur. They are just an endless string of comments that follow one particular conversation, which is next to impossible to understand; especially when a couple of discussions are going on at the same time… it all pointless waste of time… Plus the fact that there are so many different groups on both Facebook and Google+ that your message gets diluted, e.g.; on Google+, I am member of 3 groups, 2 skeptical groups, a blogger group, several podcasting groups… and even though some of these groups have tens of thousands of members, very little is actually going on in the group… ‘lurkers’ outnumber ‘posters’ 1000-to-1, and most of the content that actually does get posted, there is a very low signal to noise ratio– it’s like watching 8 year olds post fart jokes… So where do all the intelligent people go?

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In the article Ridiculousness on Social Media by Marc Avery writes: Social media can be a gift and a curse depending on which day you login… One of the cool things about social media is connecting with people you may have lost contact with over the years… On the flip side, things tend to become ridiculous at times… Social media has opened floodgates for people who have nothing better to do than troll people on the Internet and then hide behind fake screen names and stock photos. I love when I see good things trending on social media, and I cringe when I see the smartphone videos going viral…

Most of social media is a train wreck– there are out-of-context videos, narratives are twisted in all which ways and at the end of the day you have to make your own conclusions… Social media is what you make it, and it can be a great tool– for business, for fun, for education… if you can shield all the absurdities…

In the article Ridiculousness of Facebook Posts by Deanna writes: The ridiculousness of some posts on Facebook are stupid silly… As an avid social media user I understand the importance of ‘connections’ and I do enjoy catching-up on Facebook, and I also do my own social media postings trying to make them– interesting, fun… with some; sarcasm, charm, wit, authenticity, humor… But, what I hate is the glorification of anything that is relatively meaningless to most people, especially when a child is the star of the post…

Every; Little; Thing; that Johnny has accomplished in his three short years of life does not need to be on social media… Yes, social media is for being social– but the over-sharing, the one-upping, five to six posts a day is saturation of anyone’s life, and frankly who has that much time to post? It’s time-consuming! Some posts are just unreal: Exaggeration and expectation of being something you are not…

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Most social media is absurd, ridiculous, stupid… and yet, like the prevailing human condition, we ‘connect’ to achieve some kind of significance… According to Michael Seidlinger; no matter how exhaustively you– post, tweet, comment, curate your feeds… It isn’t until you reach a plateau, a full-stop, that you realize how bound you are to the routine maintenance of your online identities… If Albert Camus were alive today, he would write ‘The Myth of Sisyphus’ about people’s– massive, shared, ubiquitous digital brain and social media rendered as yet another component of absurdity…

It’s likely he would explore and exploit social media as leading example of the duality of the human condition; on its surface– pursuit of happiness and meaningful connection, but underneath a void without meaning lurking behind the mirror of self-perception… Like anything else, social media is harmless, until it isn’t… until you wake and realize you no longer live without– its conditions, its effects, its functionalities…