Can you remember the days you’d go out for a meal, and when it arrived just eat it? Me neither. The days when creating a collage of cute photos and uploading them with a ‘happy birthday to __’ caption were unheard of? The days when you’d like a new beauty product but keep it to yourself?
I know there will be people (my boyfriend) who don’t share a lot online and don’t really use Instagram (I’m teaching him). But there are huge numbers of people around the world who are, like me, loving Instagram. Instagram recently introduced adverts in the UK (after the US), you may say it’s just a current trend, but companies are paying millions to target the consumers using this platform.
It’s not just isolated to Instagram, there are so many forums for our sharing it’s difficult to keep up. My boyfriend thinks I share too much online, maybe I do but where do we draw the line?
Those classic posts on Facebook where that girl from school describes every aspect of her pregnancy – too much. The couple who take every argument they have to social media, leaving your timeline full of shit. The other couple who write I LOVE YOU all over each others Facebook wall – it’s all too much. Quite frankly I’m sick of seeing some people try and ‘make it’ on Facebook by posting awful vines of themselves.
But where else would we post selfies, photos of food, beauty products, clothes, quotes and anything else that looks pretty? Of course we all draw the line of ‘sharing’ differently, but I quite like seeing what someone had for their lunch, the products they use on their face and whatever quotes they find inspirational. I just wish everyone drew the line before sharing intimate details of their very personal lives…
Is sharing online a bad thing? I don’t think it is, it’s definitely become a way of life for most people. Gone are the days where you actually have to ask someone how their night went, or what they did last night. Just take to Twitter to see it in 140 characters or Instagram for a pictorial diary. OK, this isn’t ‘social’ as it suggests but it fits in comfortably with our busy lives, right? At least that’s why we tell ourselves that a few Facebook messages or tweets make up for not seeing that person for 4 months.
You can easily envy someone after spending 20 minutes obsessively scrolling down their Instagram, trying not to double tap and embarrassingly ‘like’ anything from 152 weeks a go. But like anything, it’s important to realise that person is sharing what they WANT you to see. My favourite saying from Media A-Level, it’s a constructed reality. MOST people don’t share the selfies where they aren’t at their best, the outfits they wear around the house or the food they want people to think they don’t eat. It’s hard to forget that when the online identity of someone looks like a bed of roses…
The “Sharing too much Culture” is one that depends on the person, I know a lot of people who don’t use social media, and sadly I know others who post every single detail of their life on their. Honestly, I think I share a lot. I have this blog so it’s a given that I’ll share stuff. I feel comfortable that I haven’t shared too much though. I’ll still snap a photo of the pancakes I have on Sunday with the sole purpose of putting it on Instagram, but I feel as if I have the knowledge to understand the dangers of sharing too much – a lot of people (all ages) don’t and in that respect it’s a little worrying.
Do you think you share too much?