The Discussing Teenager: Social Media

Ooh, that title rhymes! (I’m easily pleased). I thought I would take a leaf out of The Writing Hufflepuff’s book, and give a discussion post a go.

Over the last month or so, several things have begun to continuously irritate me about social media. First, lets take Facebook. FB promises to help you stay connected. You build up networks of ‘friends’ and get to follow what your favourite celebrities are up to (or what they want to tell you they’re up to) and can see what your friends like. You can choose to like pages which will give you pictures and posts related to what you like – books, TV, films, music, anything. But I feel that what was origially about staying connected with friends has become a way to show your ‘popularity’. People can have hundreds, even thousands of friends – but how many are they actually friends with? Photos can have hundreds of likes – but is that dependent on your social standing and the number of friends you have, as well as what kind of photo it is? In my experience, more friends = more likes, and a posed duck face selfie gets more likes than the ‘au naturel’ look.

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Facebook was also originally based around sharing statuses, letting your friends know what you’re up to. However, ย I reckon my newsfeed can be broken down like this: 10% statuses from friends, 15% adverts, 50% posts from pages I like and 25% details of what my friends have liked. I don’t know how accurate that is, but I think it gets the general gist across. Before I joined Facebook, I dreamt of the witty statuses I would posts, prompting laughs across the computer screens of my friends. Nope. Most statuses turn out to be either pointless and annoying, ‘like for looks/a line’ etc. or the occasional interesting photo/genuine thought. I don’t know if this is generally a school-based thing or just me, but I rarely post, sometimes because I feel like people aren’t going to like it, meaning I end up looking like a loser talking to the World Wide Web. (I mean, I do that here, but at least I know a few people will read it…hopefully!)

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I know that many people depict my generation, having grown up with the internet, as entirely web-obsessed. We’re supposedly tweeting all day long, permanently on Facebook, Instagramming everything we eat and obsessively pinning (despite the fact the majority of us can’t sew) – I know some people are like that, but I don’t think all of us are. What are your thoughts about the stereotype? How often do you use social media? How do you think of teenagers?

I would love to hear your opinions in the comments (READ: PLEASE HELP ME DISCUSS MY DISCUSSION POST! I’LL GIVE YOU VIRTUAL HUGS! Haha) (no pressure), so feel free to expound your views and opinions below!

Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

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11 thoughts on “The Discussing Teenager: Social Media

  1. Joiya Reid says:

    Honestly, my Facebook is my humor haven. Whenever I want to see a funny post meme or GIF I go to Facebook. I deleted my instagram a while back because it was essentially useless for a person who literally runs away from selfies to have a selfie based site. And I totally agree, the more popular you are the better luck you’ll have with social media and while this is true, I also believe that without my Facebook I would miss out so much. For example, I haven’t talked to my friends from middle school in ages and when I was at camp, I found out that two of my friends were killed in a hit and run accident. Sad to say, but I may not have known this if I hadn’t checked my Facebook account that night. Maybe this just proves that we need more of a connection between kids of our generation and maybe it also proves that being so tech savvy didn’t always equal a brain dead lazy teen.
    *breathes* and done lol.

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  2. Invisible2001 says:

    I know exactly what you mean, I personally don’t have Facebook but I do have Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter. I feel like half the time my feeds are full of badly pixelated ‘repost this and…’ pictures, pouty (frankly what I feel are unnecessary and a bit stupid) ‘I love myself’ selfies and then about 5% actual interesting/relevant to me things. I go on social media for about 10-20 mins everyday and I think that people should think about if people are genuinely going to be interested in what they see or if they are just going to go through the motions of scrolling and liking, scrolling and liking etc. This post is really relatable, thanks for sharing your thoughts, Invisible2001 ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. The Druid Bird says:

    Strangely, I just posted something similar on Monday, although my post ended up going off on a slight tanget… anyway, I really agree with you. Facebook leaves me feeling really hollow, I don’t post anything. I’m twenty now and I’ve had it for a few years, it’s really strange when you leave school and you end up seeing the lives of people that you never really liked and wouldn’t talk to if you met in person.
    I have to say that I used to worry about posting ‘witty’ comments etc, but after a while I decided that I couldn’t be bothered anymore! I’m a social media hermit, I love blogging and am super passionate about that, but I wouldn’t be too sad if Facebook disappeared tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • An Overthinking Teenager says:

      I know what you mean about seeing the lives of people you don’t really know! I’m only 14, but although I limit my friends carefully, I’m still friends with people I’ve lost contact with. It’s really odd but interesting to see what people are like outside of the context you know them from! I have to admit, I have indulged in a bit of Facebook-stalking old friends…
      In a way, I do think the ability to find old friends can be really good for helping you keep in touch or get in touch with long lost family members or something-one of my relatives reconnected with our family through Facebook, which is quite cool!
      Thanks for the comment ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. thewritinghufflepuff says:

    Great post! I don’t even have Facebook, because I don’t like it. I do have Instagram but I rarely post photos and if I do it’s usually book related haha. I also use Pinterest a lot, but I use that for writing inspiration! (And to look for cute animals and fandom related stuff haha) But I’m not on social media all day! Definitely not. Of course there are people in our generation like that, but I really think that’s a minority.

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    • An Overthinking Teenager says:

      Thanks! The only ‘personal’ social media I have is FB…I enjoy using stuff like Twitter, Instagram and weheartit (though the latter is less of a social network), but they’re kept strictly anonymous and fairly blog-related. I think I would just run out of things to say if it was all personal! I will admit I quite like scrolling through various feeds, but would by no means say I’m addicted…I’m pretty sure WordPress is where I spend most of my social media time! I completely agree about a few people being properly addicted…sometimes I think older people just look at a few people and draw the conclusion we’re all permanently glued to Facebook or Twitter or whatever! To be honest, I only really check them if I’ve got a notification which prompts me…Thanks for the comment!

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