Before we get started, I’d like to take a brief moment to make a public service announcement: Dear people on the Internets, I’m tired of all the announcements about how you’re taking a break from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, fatty foods, whatever. I keep thinking of a nice way to say this — a way that tip toes around feelings and whatnot, but I’ll just put it out there — no one cares. It’s not a “we don’t care about your well being” non-caring. It’s more of a, “My day to day life does not hinge on what you do and don’t post on Facebook.” I’m all for taking breaks and pulling away from the things that consume us. But I really don’t see why announcements are necessary. We can’t really blame it on social media. Narcisscism pre-dates social media.
It’s January, the start of a new calendar year, and with the new year comes great hopes and aspirations from the masses. It’s also the time when there’s an uptick in a certain behavior I’ve grown to loathe more and more in the age of social media — personal announcements and declarations of all the things we are going to do. If you think you know where I’m going with this, you’re wrong. I’m not here to knock people having goals or wanting to make major life changes. We should all have a checklist of things we want to accomplish both tangible and intangible and we should hold ourselves accountable to those goals. People perish for lack of vision. So if you haven’t written out your goals for 2015, even loosely, I highly recommend you hop on that because Q1 is already underway, folks. That said, I’m somewhat unimpressed as of late with how much talking people do with so few results.
One of the questions I often jokingly ask among my friends is — if you experience something, and you don’t take a picture of it and post it somewhere, did it really happen? Many people treat their online persona as a living will and testament. They make lots of claims and paint a picture of who they aspire to be, but then behind the online persona, they are very much not that person they’ve posed as. The problem I find with this is that it creates this false reality that people actually begin to think is real. It’s a bit like what happens with pathological liars. There is a point where a person can lie so much they begin to believe their own lies and no longer even believe they’re lying anymore. That is not to say that I’m calling everyone on social media dishonest. But I do think that a lot of people have tricked themselves into thinking they are accomplishing more than they actually are simply because those same people are being more vocal about their plans.