At Pink and Black, we encourage cutting back on technology and social media in favor of real life.
From Myspace (that is right, we are going that far back), Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and beyond, social media has yet to slow down its expansion. We started with blogs, moved into profiles, got obsessed with “microblogging,” Instagrammed every cookie we ate and now video is taking over. Unlike YouTube, which asks some familiarity with cameras and editing skills of its users, new apps like Vine are letting users go straight from real life to social media via their smartphone video cameras.
Facebook is as much a part of our daily lives as eating and sleeping. If you’re like me, it is the first thing you check when you wake up and the last thing you check before going to bed. Facebook allows us to both keep in touch with old friends and stay up-to-date on the life events of current ones, as well as the ability to online-stalk our exes/crushes/frenemies to our heart’s content. It keeps us connected, and that’s a good thing.
Whether you’re five or 50, it’s not hard to become Internet famous these days. With some talent and dedication, ordinary people have become online celebrities over night.
For example, Santa Monica, California native Jenna Mourey, also known as “Jenna Marbles,” became YouTube famous overnight with her video, “How to Trick People Into Thinking You’re Good Looking.” In its first week, Jenna’s video received 5.3 million views and has since racked up more than 48.4 million views. She now has the most subscribers of any woman on YouTube.
The infamous “post-college job hunt” is a phrase that sparks fear in the eyes of college juniors and seniors everywhere. “Will I get hired straight out of graduation? If not, how long until that offer comes? Will I even get a job in my field? Or in my city?” These are all valid questions and though you don’t necessarily have to start looking for a career in college, it’s a wise choice to at least start thinking of yourself less as a student and more as a product.
Back in what most would consider my “teenybopper” days, I wrote snail mail letters to get in touch with my favorite musicians and celebrities. No one really has to do that anymore in 2012 because we’re wired with different social media outlets. Networks like Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and Instagram have weaved their way into our lives and, of course, the lives of our favorite stars, athletes, and politicians.
Celebrities are moving away from their websites and are jumping on the blogging bandwagon. Tumblr has become an outlet where they are able to share their thoughts, videos, and an intimate side to them that we do not get to see on TV. Blogging has allowed celebrities to be more open with fans by sharing a piece of their private lives with us. From family time, business trips, and inspirational quotes, to date nights and behind-the-scenes on the job, they’ll put it on Tumblr.
With the current amount of social media sites, it’s no surprise that young adults have taken to the Internet and smartphones as a primary form of communication. While generations prior to the emergence of social media and smartphones only knew bullying on the playground, some recent bullying has gone digital.