Is it just me?12:00 AM
Growing up we were taught to never talk 'money' in public. It was (still is) considered
crassun-classy. Asking anyone how much things cost, or which hotel you stayed in, or if you flew first class etc. was never encouraged. These questions could only be asked from close friends and family, only when it was a matter of necessity and some serious decisions needed to be taken regarding matters they had more knowledge that yourself. This school of thought has stayed with me all these years and I am extremely uncomfortable talking about the all things 'money'. (Or let's say all things that cost more than 50 bucks.) However, I have come to realize I am a minority in today's world, where asking about the cost of things, or flashing your lifestyle is an acceptable behavior.
A common statement thrown around on Instagram is that "if you didn't take a picture, did it even happen?" That encompasses the whole social media attitude in one phrase. Instead of living in the moment, people now, need to make a virtual time stamp of every single thing that happens in their lives, just to prove to themselves that it did really happen. If the world was not a witness to their life events (or even shopping!) then it is almost not worth it.
Another rather annoying social media habit among people, especially couples is wishing their partners (who also happen to live in the same house), "Happy Birthday!" & "Happy Anniversary" on Facebook. Why not just shut the bloody computer/phone/iPad or whatever else that you use, and wish face-to-face? Why do you need an audience to express your undying love for each other? I don't get it.
A little might have to do with the fact that everyone is now on social media and they need content to share but that is NOT all there is to it. It is essentially a popularity contest, in which one is competing with an imaginary world where everyone is trying to one up each other - virtually.
I do admit that I am also part of this social media culture, but it is just about where you draw the line. I also realize that everyone has the right to decide their own limits. This is not a judgement on society, a mere observation. I do not fit in in this culture, and doubt ever will. I only wonder if I, my family and a handful of friends are all there are left from this school of thought ...
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