I Don’t Understand Social Media Anymore

I didn’t know what else to name this post, so that title will have to do. I’m sorry it’s six words long. I know people like things to be brief on social media. My sincerest apologies.

I feel like this is one of those posts that most people would preface with, “I don’t mean to offend anyone. These are just my personal thoughts.” But I’m not going to do that.

People get offended if you hold a door open for them and they’re too far away, so then they have to run to catch it. Which means, people will get offended by anything.

So, let’s scrap prefaces on blog posts. Alright?

Okay, where do I even begin?

Memes.

Do we all know what memes are? Good, because I don’t even know how I would describe them.

Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but I think memes starting flooding the Internet, and all of our social media feeds, about five years ago. Am I right in saying that?

And I’ll admit, for a while, I thought they were fun. They were hilarious. They were something new. They were a new way to convey a joke. I like jokes. I liked memes.

But after a year or two, I lost interest in memes. I was silly to think other people would lose interest in memes too, but no! They’re still alive and well. The same ones are kicking around social media every single day for my eyes to roll at.

I mean, how many times can you use the same meme as a punch line for a joke? Once? Twice? Nine hundred and seventy four? Seriously.

There’s a meme of Michael Jordan crying. I see it at least ten times a day. And every time I see it, it’s used to make fun of something different.

I don’t understand.

Are people trying to be funny when they post it? It’s like telling the same corny joke ten times a day, every day, for five months. Don’t you eventually stop laughing?

Seriously, do people see that meme (or other often used memes) and chuckle to themselves? I don’t. My first and only reaction is, “Oh, that again.”

The newest meme circulating through social media is of Drake sitting on random objects, or in random places. I thought the first few that I saw were funny and creative, but then it just went downhill. And it’s only been a few days!

“Oh, there’s Drake again. Still sitting.”

“Oh, there’s a different person. They’re sitting like Drake.”

I don’t know, I’m not entertained by these things. Are people just trying to become popular on the Internet and get a lot of retweets? Is that what this is all about?

Is everyone just trying to get recognized so they can be interviewed by Ellen? It sure seems that way sometimes, unless people just have a never-ending sense of humour about the same thing.

Memes have lost their humour.

Please tell me I’m not on an island by myself here.

Speaking of something else I don’t find funny, snapchat filters.

I had snapchat about two years ago and deleted it after a few months. I didn’t get it. I didn’t understand why taking a picture of my face and sending it to my friends every fifteen minutes was all of a sudden a “thing”.

I had no clue what the point of it was. Or maybe I was doing it wrong? Was I supposed to send pictures of things I saw throughout the day?

Are people entertained by pictures of a couch, carpet, and fridge? I don’t know. I just didn’t get it.

But since I left snapchat, filters seem to be all the buzz.

Just like memes, I see these all over social media every single day.

I can’t even tell you the number of times I’ve seen a short video of a person opening their mouth, just so a big sparkling rainbow can come out of it.

Am I supposed to laugh? Someone tell me what my reaction to that is supposed to be.

And once you’ve seen one rainbow come out of one person’s mouth, you’ve seen them all. Right? I just don’t get it.

Then there is this whole “face swap” feature. Okay, that looks entertaining. I’ll admit that. But it amazes me how people haven’t gotten tired of swapping their face with something and then posting it.

Surely, after a few months, enough is enough, right? Right!? Is there anyone out there?

I haven’t even gotten to the language used on social media. Perhaps I should.

“Respek”

What the hell is that? I see it everywhere now. Is that an updated version of the word “Respect”. Did Aretha Franklin sign off on this? What’s going on?

“No chill”

Is that slang for “someone turned on the heat”? How many times do you have to type the words “no chill” before you get tired of it?

“It’s lit”

Someone call 911, we have a fire! I don’t know what’s lit, but something is lit! It’s lit!

Have you ever gone on Facebook and seen a post from, let’s say, a media outlet and a bunch of strangers engage each other in an all out war in the comments section? What is the meaning of this? Does everyone have to have an opinion about everything, all the time?

If I’ve learned anything from Facebook debates, it’s that no one ever wins them. Not once have I seen someone say, “Good point. You’re right. I now share the same opinion as you.” Not once!

So what’s the point in telling some stranger off with insulting comments that only make you look bad? Where is the logic? I know they didn’t teach this is school, but come on.

Don’t get me started on YouTube comments and the fascination with commenting “First” and “Second” and “Third” and then arguing with someone about who was really the first, second, and third person to comment on the video.

My mind is about to explode.

No one writes proper sentences on the Internet anymore, especially the people that insult someone else. And then the person that receives the insult always retaliates with a comment that corrects the spelling or grammar of the bully, because “That’ll show them!”

What are we doing?

By no means am I trying to make myself sound like the Grand Poobah of social media. I’m just typing out the thoughts and questions that run through my mind on a daily basis when I’m exposed to certain things on social media.

What happened to originality and creativity? Why is everyone content with copying everyone else? Post something original on social media that I’ve never seen before, and you’ve earned my respek.

How many of you noticed I just used “respek” in an ironic context?

If you want me to laugh at something you post, work for it! Work for my laugh. Don’t give me the same old meme I’ve seen eight hundred times and expek me to laugh.

Is “expek” a social media word, yet?

Now, before you tell me, “If you don’t like it, quit social media”, save your fingers the trouble of typing those eight words out.

Imagine social media was a place of intellect, logic, and jokes that weren’t repeated millions of times.

Just imagine.

I don’t know about you, but I have a sparkling rainbow flowing out of my mouth just thinking about it!

Rant over. I have a headache.

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53 Responses to I Don’t Understand Social Media Anymore

  1. Ru says:

    A friend sent me this, saying I’d like it and she wasn’t wrong, it’s lit. Just kidding! It’s not lit, it’s brilliant and you’re not on an island. I had all these questions in my head, I was especially wondering why people love looking like dogs so much. But I’m not one to start a war by making a comment, truth be told I don’t comment at all. Which is why after reading this I closed the tab and went to tell my friend how funny this was and how I wanted to comment “it’s lit” just fun but I didn’t know if you’d get offended. Long story short, she urged me to and here I am. I loved this post, I’m inclined to check out others. Rambling over.

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    • Paul says:

      So glad you decided to comment! If you had only said “It’s lit”, I would’ve laughed, don’t worry! I also don’t know why people love looking like dogs! The whole thing is just baffling, isn’t it?

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      • Yes! Glad to see a that I’m not the only one who feels this way. It’s especially nice to hear from someone your age…. which makes me feel like a grandma to type, and I’m totally not. I read a Stat about the volume of digital content and how rapidly it’s increased. It’s enormous. There’s a lack of quality content though. I’ve been spending a lot of time on Twitter and Medium lately. I like to read things that fill my mind. I think micro multimedia blogging is the next trend. Everyone wants to be famous for some reason. PS I quit liking things on Facebook about 60 days ago to see if it improved my feed. It totally did. I post replies or emoticons… but especially Hunger games emoticons and lego ones. People have also forgotten how to have conversations and public speak.

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      • Paul says:

        There’s a huge lack of quality content. Everything is so rushed or abbreviated and it’s only going to get worse. I haven’t liked too many posts on Facebook lately. Nothing has been worth liking.

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      • That’s why I’ve switched where I look. I’ve had a delightful day catching up with my favorite blogs today. Good content is engaging. It inspires and improves your writing. It’s still out there. It just requires filtering out the noise.

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  2. Miriam says:

    Hey Paul, you are definitely not an island. I share so many of your thoughts and sentiments it’s not funny. I don’t get much of social media anymore, but then again I’ve never been one to follow the masses.

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  3. I seriously hate “respeck” from the core of my bum. I swear.

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  4. I left a comment on here. Ugh. Why won’t it show up??

    *WordPress got no respeck*

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  5. I’m talking to myself. Ugh.

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  6. Wide-eyed says:

    Yes. You have my respek for putting this into words. This post is lit.
    (we’re certain respek means respect, right?)

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  7. Val says:

    Quite a lot of the daft words started with 1337 (leetspeak) from the 80s and 90s. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leet I remember some of my friends in the early 2000s completely pissing me off with what looked to me like gibberish. And I reckon that the reason that memes go around so many times is because every day there is someone who has just become old enough to appreciate each of them for a day or two, while the rest of us…well…
    As for YouTube commenters. Urgh.

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  8. Peter says:

    Fully agree.

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  9. Politics Unraveled says:

    Agreed. Quality is completely gone from social media.

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  10. dishism says:

    This rant is just so satisfying to read. A lot of the colloquial terms and the reason memes still exist go beyond my understanding! Cool post!

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  11. Barb Knowles says:

    What bothers me about social media, and this is very ironic since I used them in my post last week, are GIFs. I know they are wildly popular (hence my using 2), but they aren’t funny to me and are pure sensory overload. Maybe because I’m ADD, but I find them distracting and they take my attention away from what the writer is trying to say.

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  12. rixlibris says:

    A peeve (by far not the pet) is when a thread is created in which the people posting, one after another, continue to re-identify a particular problem but if you dare to introduce a common sense approach to solving the problem you are either ignored or the thread dies. I maintain that there are no complicated answers to any of life’s conundrums, only complicated reasons to not adopt the simple solutions available. If a person cares enough to compose a string of words describing a perceived problem why not take the next step and explore possible solutions? Okay, thought provoked and responded to. Nice post.

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  13. Laura says:

    Oh, this one spoke volumes to me. Call me old but damn…if you’re gonna put it in writing and send it out into the world, at least put some effort behind it!

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  14. Lolololol I just can’t control myself with this one! Ugh, I think the same thing when someone says “it’s lit”. AND YES. Facebook debates! What is up with those??? At time I want to participate- but then I realize that as you said, there are no winners. As for Snapchats…I’m 110% guilty 🙂 I’ve been making these videos of myself talking about random things that happen in my life (sometimes I add a filter) and I hope to be Snapchat famous ❤ I wanted to be on Ellen but that didn't happen so this will do!

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  15. Jess says:

    I just died reading this. This is exactly why I deactivated my Facebook account. I still once in a while login to get pictures or something, but then immediately log off before someone notices and tries to talk to me. I sound like Scrooge. First of all, I remember the face swapping thing from like, 2010. I’m still trying to figure out how and why it’s become popular six years later. Secondly, is it just me, or does the Snapchat filters with the rainbow crud seem like something the kids would have done in like, 90’s if it were available to them?

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    • Paul says:

      It probably took this long for face swap to catch on because in 2010 some people still had cellphones with an antenna. AN ANTENNA. Oh those were the days… And I think you’re right, 90’s kids would be all over that rainbow nonsense, but they’d keep it to themselves and then go play outside.

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  16. anshurao says:

    You earned my respek ,you made me laugh.

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