5 ACTS OF SOCIAL MEDIA SNOBBERY THAT WE SHOULD LEAVE IN 2013
Dear Facebookers and Twitter Peeps,
Since Facebook made its debut to the university-only crowd back in 2005, social media has spiraled into a ridiculous battle of the egos. Every photo, post or tweet must prove that you are smarter, more attractive or more successful than any of your friends or followers. So how do you achieve social media supremacy?
You constantly dump on the people, places and things around you. And it’s so damn annoying. I’d like to encourage everyone to leave the following acts of social media snobbery in 2013:
1.) Judging others for poor grammar
Okay, I’m a writer. People pay me to write, edit and proofread things. That’s my job. If I’m not complaining about someone else’s grammar, you shouldn’t be, either. It doesn’t make you look smart because you can rattle off a few lessons you remember from School House Rock back in the day — it just makes you look petty. And sometimes, strictly following the rules of grammar takes away from the color and movement of a person’s writing, which is why I break grammar rules all the time. Like now.
2.) Bragging about your dusty relationship
Love is a beautiful thing. Hopping on social media every five minutes to tell us all about how your boo thang is soooooo special because he took you to McDonald’s and let you SuperSize it is not a beautiful thing. It’s a sad thing. Who are you trying to convince that your love is solid — yourself or us?
3.) Posting a ridiculous number of selfies
Okay, I’ve been known to post a shirtless pic or two to Facebook. This typically happens in the summer. And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. As a former fatty, I’m proud of how far I’ve come, and I’m proud of the body that I work my ass off (literally) to maintain. But I don’t give the world a new shirtless selfie every day. After a while, they’d just get boring, and I’d look desperate for likes, which is how some people in my social media circle appear — thristy for the likes.
We get it. You’re hot. Now please take a picture of something else.
4.) Announcing that you’re going to trim your Facebook friends list
I’ll alert TMZ. I’m sure they’re itching for THAT bit of exclusive, earthshattering information. But not really. Because no one cares.
5.) Secretly taking pictures of others in public for the sole purpose of making fun of them on social media later
So you’re going about your day, and, being the supermodel/fashionista that we all know you are, you see someone that doesn’t quite meet your lofty beauty standards, so you whip out your phone, and like a low-self-esteem coward, you secretly take their picture and post it to your social media page. Hilarity ensues. Oh, except this isn’t funny.
Let’s all do better in 2014, k?