By TingHsuan(Rose) Kuo
Spring break, a week of freedom and fun that every college students look forward to in the spring semester.
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When your friend is taking a shot or the guy that you just met on the beach just did a crazy shoot on the beer pong table, you take out your phone and immediately get on snapchat and share it with your friends. We all grew into a habit of recording our life event on social media, so that our friends on social media would know that “we have a life” and we are having fun. As much as we want to show our social media friends how much fun we are having, we are constantly worrying about if enough people have look at it, or liked it. Especially on snapchat, you get annoyed to that girl who post too much on the snapchat story but then you judge the guy that doesn’t post anything at all.
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Then you start to wonder why do we have to care so much? When we do post, we have to worry about who sees it, if the content is appropriate and if you are popular enough. But then when we don’t, we feel like people would think we are not social enough or our life is not “interesting” enough. At school, we were told to not post anything that we were with alcohol or an embarrassing video of you last night when you just had too much to drink. People started using different social media app for different reasons, but at the end of the day we just want our followers to know we are living the perfect life. Like the Buzz Feed video, “if you were actually honest on social media”. We cover up how we really are with what we want people think of us.
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We hide our true selves behind all these social media, and we don’t necessary benefit a whole lot or lose a bunch whether if the post got enough likes. In some way, we became so judgmental on social media. We are always judging and critiquing that so and so just posted something about who. Does it really matter? We constantly feel the need to stay connected and sharing what you are doing with the world but yet we worry about how people perceive us based on the posts we shared. Isn’t it ironic?
- Green, R. K. (2013, August 07). The Social Media Effect: Are You Really Who You Portray Online? Retrieved March 13, 2017, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/r-kay-green/the-social-media-effect-a_b_3721029.html
- Rogers, T. (2016, March 18). My Wife Let Me Go on Spring Break with a Bunch of College Kids. This Is What I Learned. Retrieved March 13, 2017, from http://fusion.net/story/282274/spring-break-2016-punta-cana/