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Facebook frustrations: what we’re failing to do on social media

Full disclosure on my Facebook frustrations 

I am writing this mainly due to my current frustrations I have with my Facebook friends but also because I know that we’re all guilty of doing it. I just want to make sure we’re all on the same page. First, let me go through my own current frustrations.

 

COVID Facebook memes trump meaningful posts

 

I have a lot of friends on Facebook. At last count, I have over 900 of them. I do know all of them in real life (or at least a good chunk of them.) Be it them being family, old schoolmates, workmates, people I’ve met around the way, the heads add up. The main thing here – I have had human interaction with them at least once in my life. 

Because of this, I think they’d be more supportive when I post about my personal passions or things that I’m doing in my actual life. But they don’t. A post about a petition I started was ignored but another posting that I made less than 5 minutes later about an album I’m digging got 5 likes in mere minutes. 

Do you see how this could be offensive to those that are wanting the(ir) world to know about what’s truly interesting to them? Random COVID memes trump meaningful posts. Always.

I only saw 3 names I knew

When I created my petition on a topic that I’m truly passionate about, the bulk of the signers were total strangers that saw my post or tweet on the social channels. When I started to get high in numbers, a quick glance saw that I didn’t know a lot of them. 

My dad signed. My mom signed. A Geeks and Beats bandmate signed. 

Those were the only names that were familiar. I thought it was weird. Petitions don’t cost anything to sign. I do understand why it’s hard for people to continually fork out dough for Facebook charities. But what’s the reason behind not supporting your friend’s petition? They usually take less time to sign than it is to form a witty one-liner comment on Facebook – but I feel that friends think the wittiness is more important than invoking change.

You’re not the only one, we’re all guilty of this

I have some very talented friends that do some really cool things. They also post about their cool things on social media, but I tend to just swipe by, wanting to click `like’ on their latest cat video.  

Why do I pass up the chance to `like’ something they’re actually and instead `like’ a funny that  won’t mean squat to them in less than an hour? Not sure. Are we avoiding genuine connection through the internet? Are we ignoring what’s real over what’s temporary? 

I would really like to find this out. It’s a  modern day human condition question. 

This experience has really hit home for some reason and has made me re-examine how we all put ourselves out in cyber land and if we’re actually being a supportive friend in the age where social media is where most of us will ever only interact with the majority of our friends. That being said, if it’s only through online social media meetings that we’re able to share and build with our friends, wouldn’t it make sense that we also support them in their personal passions? 

 

New rule:  be mindful of our cyber thumbprint for now on

 

Let’s be more mindful of how we present ourselves on social media. How about we take a bit more careful consideration on how we’re socializing online. Sure, it’s fun to chat about petty stuff, the news, Trump and cat videos but how about we take an extra effort to actually examine what’s actually going on and what our friends actually care about and focus on those posts rather than the former. 

This way, we’ll be supporting our friends and they’ll walk in confidence knowing that they their commune behind them, cheering their every move. Supporting each other is how we became friends in the first place. This didn’t end when our lives moved online.

 

And about that petition I mentioned earlier – here’s the link. 

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