Every so often I jump on my “I hate social media” train and abandon them for real life. It’s quite nice, actually. I don’t post content, I don’t check feeds or streams, it’s utter bliss. Some sabbaticals last for 2 or 3 days, some for 15 (my longest stint yet).
Why do I do it?
Because it’s shit. All of it. Well, most of it. But it’s the “most” that kills it for me.
Common sense seems like a simple premise when deciding what your next Facebook post should be. Unfortunately, not everyone has this ability when rushing blindly into the virtual world. I don’t care if you’re tired and falling asleep at your desk. I don’t care how long it is until your birthday/wedding/childbirth. I equally don’t care that you’re CrossFitting, cycling, running, skipping or chasing frogs. Okay, maybe I do care if you’re chasing frogs. That shit is fun, let’s be honest. All I ask for is an invite.
In the depths of my soul, though, I want to believe that I’m not the only person who feels that posting mind-numbing, non-important, non-educational content is a waste of everyone’s time. That when you post “OMG I’m so tired I hope my boss leaves soon so I can nap… giggle giggle” I’m not the single person reading it wanting to give you a stick of dynamite, some matches and tell you it’s your birthday candle. Because I think you’d believe it was your birthday, and you’d light it. Really. That’s where my respect for your intelligence lies.
At this point, dear friends, I feel we are starting to spiral downwards in the intelligence area of our existence. Oh yes, it’s true, because other people actually entertain those who post such rot. I know, right!? Which leads me to believe that when people share stupid things that no-one really cares about, and some pretend to care and actually comment on those posts, we’re slowly but surely making the human race more pathetic, and we should just give up now. Kool-Aid anyone?
So, I urge you, that when your Facebook friends post ridiculously mundane information that would not have altered your life or educated you in the least had you not been privy to it, to comment a short, polite “No. One. Cares.”
Hell, I’ll make it easier for you, let’s shorten it to “NOC”. The more people see “NOC” on their posts, we’ll hopefully start to brighten up our online world by making people THINK before posting stupid shit.
Help me, help you. Because…