Social media : “Like real life but better” Introduction

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The way social media has established itself in our lives is remarkable.
The gestation from solitary profile websites such as ‘Facepic’ and ‘Myspace’ (remember those?), in the early 2000’s is a new type of social media, advocated by Facebook and Twitter in recent years which has shown just how our usage of technology and the internet has changed.

Rather than just connecting to our own profiles we start social media to a feed off everyone else’s business in which we can interact with.
It’s not so much about our space or profiles, but how we stamp our virtual self in others, and how others stamp themselves in ours.
This I feel is why twitter has such a cult following. We can gain others status by having them interact with our profile and leave a stamp for all to see, like a badge of self worth and status.

I’m not immune to this virtual attainment of ‘status’ and have ben known to talk to celebrities and chefs in order for others to comment on my celebrity ‘interactions’.
In the past the only way we could interact with celebrities is to either send them fan mail or to, by chance, meet them on the street and with no way of showing others our interaction.

The tag line of this blog entry; ‘Like real life, but better,’ is the slogan of the hugely successful dating app tinder.

How close is this to our way of thinking and is social media better than real life for many of us? Where we can edit the way we are perceived into our virtual alter ego and feel we are connecting with the world from the comfort of our home.

Where many of us seek to interact with others even when we are in the midst of a physical interaction.

Why are we all so compelled to spend our time on social media rather than real life interactions?

I am in the process of interviewing some friends and colleagues to see how they use social media  and, over the coming weeks I would like to look at how we use social media and the motives behind it.


Philip Karahassan

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