In the modern era of all things media, staying true to yourself is hard.
In fact, I happen to think it can be downright exhausting.
Sometimes I yearn for the good ol’ days when communication consisted of actual words said face to face between actual people, not screen names like StarAngelStacy37 or Way2Sexy4U. Now, instead of meeting up in person or talking over the phone, I have approximately 1,437,879 ways to get a hold of someone.
I could call their work phone or perhaps cell phone, although a text message or e-mail might be more convenient. Then again, I could log-on to the Internet and browse their Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn page to see their status message and if they are busy. On the off chance they still have a MySpace, AOL Instant Messenger or – gasp! – MSN Messenger, I could check that too.
Don’t even get me started on what this can do to one’s dating life. Trust me, you don’t want to know the embarrassing mistakes I’ve drunkenly made at 2am when I thought it would be a good idea to Facebook a guy I studied abroad with in Europe, message him inappropriate things and appear to be his #1 stalker.
The weirdest part? He actually accepted my request.
Hmmm, maybe I am on to something…
Lately, it seems as though media has pervaded my life. From magazines to television to blogging (and all that it entails) and now, social media, I can’t keep up. But I try. I try, I try and I try, because I think this is what I need to do to be cool, popular and successful.
I mean, I was at The New Pornographers concert last night having an AMAZING time with friends, and what was I thinking? “OMG, I need to Tweet a pic 4 realz!”
But I didn’t.
I forced myself to put my phone away and enjoy the concert, which I did (albeit the fact it was about 90 degrees in the venue and thought I was going to pass out the last 10 minutes of the show).
Lately, all this media has me acting like a bit of a nutjob – comparing myself with others and putting undo pressure on my Everythingtarian self.
I need to post funny Tweets!
I need more Facebook friends!
My blog isn’t getting as many comments as hers!
Why didn’t he respond to my text message?
Maybe I should make a LinkedIn page…
Ahhh…my Internet crashed! How can I ever continue to live?!?!
The last one might be a big of an exaggeration. Kind of. Quite frankly, I just don’t have enough damn time in my day to worry about these things. Social media has its advantages – don’t get me wrong. Facebook is a godsend for keeping up with family & friends, Google is my BFF, and you all know I would be completely lost without my tech-savvy iValentine.
But its become a bit much.
I can’t enjoy breakfast without simultaneously checking my e-mail.
Lunch is usually accompanied with a side of reading blogs.
Snacktime is often the perfect time to send a quick text or GChat with a friend.
Dinner may not even get photographed, because I could be too busy already blogging.
I don’t have an innovative solution to this 21st century problem. All I can say is studies prove we are indeed bombarded with media. In fact, in an article in the NY Times, I read young people consume media practically every minute they are awake.
My solution is just to take a step back.
Go for a walk. Read a book. Talk with a friend. Doodle. Have a handstand contest. Run a race. Grab a beer. Go shopping. Host a watermelon seed spitting contest. Hula hoop. Make out with somebody random. Listen to music. Dance. Go on a Pedal Pub. Cook.
Because maybe by doing something active like this, you will see that you are indeed one-of-a-kind and have your own talents to share with the world (the real one…NOT the cyber one).
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“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else – means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.”
Maybe with more E.E. Cummings and less social media, just being ourselves would be a bit easier.
And less exhausting.
Getting rid of the Way2Sexy4U screen name might help too.
Trust me, your Facebook friends will thank you for it.