It is my opinion social media use in public is out of control! The smartphone is making people behave – not so smart. It’s selfie mania everywhere! How is it that social common sense no longer applies to social media use? Or, am I ‘socially’ behind the times? I don’t know what to make of all this. At a loss, please advise.
Dear Socially Confused,
It appears nothing is off limits today with one’s smartphone. However, it doesn’t have to be. Let’s first address the issue of selfies and second, the overuse of social media in public. As a bonus, I have a few (common sense?) blooper photos to share.
The Fun Selfie – People who snap photos of friends, family, babies, puppies, celebrations, and all over humorous moments that they want to be a part of and in the photo. I’m completely onboard with this.
The Obsession Selfie – People who snap provocative and self-adoration photos anyplace, anytime, anywhere. It’s all too much and a little self-moderation could go a long way.
From your letter, it sounds like you are referring to the second type and the overwhelming number of people doing so in public. It is my hope that the question of selfie protocol will become a staple in homes and an ongoing conversation between members of families.
The Overuse Of Social Media and Technology In Public
I love social media and technology. I run an online business and social media is part of my operational landscape. However, we are discussing individuals who are walking into poles, and rear ending cars as they check updates at stoplights. Tech snafus happen everyday. Here are two examples to learn from:
- Men checking Facebook updates and scrolling through women’s feeds and photos in the middle of the Apple store.
- I applaud and admire students who work hard. Obviously, it’s completely acceptable to use your computer in public. However, please leave the printer at home.
Considering how fast technology is changing today, we could all benefit from applying the most basic of social skills to co-exist within the culture of the selfies and social media. The practice of kindness, manners, respect for others, and self, will go a long way.
With all my love,