Disclaimer: these are NOT listed by importance.
1. Selfies. Let’s be real: when Apple designed the iPhone to have a camera facing you, it was destined to be overused by teenage girls wanting to check their mascara and most recent application of lipstick. However, I prefer to use that mirror for making ridiculous double chins, crossing my eyes, and in general scaring my friends via Snapchat. BUT my reason for loving selfies is this: life is busy and there are many people I wish I could sit with and have coffee with every morning but I can’t because I just can’t. All that said, modern technology has made it possible for you to snap pics and post them to Insta and I’ll give you a heart to letcha know I like yerrrr face and I wish I was with ya instead of looking at a picture of you. And that is the reason I’m obsessed. #cantstopwontstop
Also, I haven’t outgrown the toddler obsession with looking in a mirror. And I have a 24/7 mirror. So, like. Yeah. Selfies are bound to happen.
2. Statuses. Let’s be real here, too: who doesn’t love a platform where you’re allowed to complain, be funny, be serious, ask questions (both practical and metaphysical), be super obvious (“Hey guys! We got snow last night! You probably know that because you spent the last hour shoveling your car out but hey! Just thought I would tell you something super obvious because I can!”), and moreeeeeeee? Answer: nobody. There is not one person who doesn’t love that platform. Even the most introverted, I’m-above-facebook-statuses person secretly loves when their status gets blown up by comments and likes. (Why else do people post things about their political beliefs on Facebook?) I personally don’t love Facebook because I don’t love the layout of the newsfeed and the way it refreshes and I don’t like FB messages and blahblahblah but I do LOVE me some Twitter and Instagram.
STORY TIME: Most of y’all prob saw this but yesterday I tweeted:
and guess what? Flowers showed up in my office at approximately 4:30pm that day. I moaned and groaned about being sick all day and feeling like trash and while I was busy complaining, a mysterious Joe Fox the III sent me daisies. Like, legit. I don’t know who sent them to me but whoever you are thank you you are my hero and life saver and that’s all dramatic but whatever.
Because daisies are the friendliest flowers.
So go ahead. Write that status about the chicken you made for dinner or post that picture of your new shoes. Link to that interesting article about the Senator from Kentucky you like (COUGH COUGH RAND PAUL) or that new Christmas song you can’t get enough of. Tweet about hating the snow or baking all day. Post pictures of your Thanksgiving prep or the first real snowfall of the year.
DO IT. Because I care about your life and I like reading about it and seeing it.
3. Defriending and unfollowing. You know what is also one of my favorite things about social media? I control who/what I follow. Now, this might sound harsh but here’s the deal: I don’t need people filling my mind with garbage and with things that don’t influence me for good. My brain is messed up enough without any help drawing closer to hell. And the best part about defriending and unfollowing: the person never knows (except now y’all are gonna go check to see if I follow you, aren’t ya?). There’s no need to confront people unnecessarily about their language, sense of humor, or whatever. Sure, there are those people I do confront about their social media because we have relationship outside of social media but most of the time, one click and that person never needs to be offended by me.
And because I couldn’t pick just 3 reasons:
4. Staying in touch. Much like my reasoning for selfies and statuses, I think social media is perfect for long-distance friendships or relatives. You know those people you absolutely adore but they aren’t good at texting or phone calls and Facetime seems a little ridiculous and you only get to see each other once a year? Yeah. Those people. Guess what? Because of social media, you probably know so much more about their life than you would without it.
Basically, I love social media. And I think you should too.