10 Unpopular Opinions About Social Media
10.) Not everything should end up in the newsfeed. Marital issues, descriptive health problems, and the 867th picture of your kid’s…
10.) Not everything should end up in the newsfeed. Marital issues, descriptive health problems, and the 867th picture of your kid’s basketball game, or your one-millionth selfie are, in most cases, a “no-go” for launch.
9.) Hashtags don’t do what you think they’re going to do. It’s not “the more the merrier.” Very few people actually search hashtags to find stuff. More than a few hashtags makes you look desperate.
8.) No one — NO ONE — cares about what kind of car you drive. Not really. And the ones that swoon probably aren’t the folks you want to surround yourself with. When you post flashy car pics, you end up looking like a caricature, a cartoon version of yourself.
7.) Real works. The more candid you can be, the better. Show us your battle scars, yes. But please oh please oh please wait until those wounds are healed. Don’t bleed on us. It’s gross.
6.) As a former pastor, I can usually tell what people are dealing with behind the scenes based on what they post. I learned this by reading my old posts. “Everything I learned about human nature I learned by watching myself.”
5.) Devices are making us dumber, meaner, and more selfish. I didn’t want to believe this, but it’s true. We reduced our kids screen time by 80% and the change in their behavior is staggering. They were amazing kids before. But watching them bloom sans screens makes me want to smash their Kindles to bits. And video games? Forget it.
4.) 98% of what you see on social media is posturing, posing, and half-hearted attempts to make you feel poorly about where you’re at in life. ALWAYS remember this. I truly believe people don’t do this with malice. They’re usually just unsure about who they are and need external validation.
3.) The hacks, tricks, and shortcuts everyone is promising you via social media is snake oil. It’s not real. It’s fake. The reality — the TRUTH — is super simple: you can’t keep what you don’t earn.
2.) Facebook should 100% be regulated (how’s THAT for unpopular?).
1.) Social media reveals what’s already inside of our hearts. Lonely people get lonelier on social media. Jealous people get more envious. Kind people have more opportunities to spread kindness. If you don’t like what you see on social, start by looking at yourself.