I took the day off today for a doctors appointment and to run some errands.
Either because I’m lazy, or because the weather in Ottawa is constantly changing into bullshit, or because I truly had nothing better to do with the rest of my day, I ended up on tumblr. Next thing you know, I have my very own blog.
Anyone who knows me on a personal level, by which I mean outside of Facebook, Myspace, Twitter (I don’t expect anyone to give a flying nutsack what I’m doing in 140 characters or less), You Tube, etc, knows that I have a serious love/hate relationship with social networking sites.
I wish to touch on two sites in particular.
First, You Tube: There is some amazing content on You Tube. It can be educational, informative, humorous, and generally entertaining. I’d be lying if I said I haven’t on occasion spent hours on this site. What bothers me is that it has given everyone with a camera the idea that people actually care to watch them perform their rendition of the Single Ladies dance (take this twat for example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJlPEHL85Ig).
I did a little research on something called the Truman Show Syndrome. Basically people have convinced themselves that their entire existence is a reality TV show. (links: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/3521574/Truman-Show-Syndrome-delusion-Sufferers-convinced-they-are-on-reality-TV.html and http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-truman-syndrome.htm)
Conclusion: You’re sick, seek help.
Second, Twitter: Quite simply, I don’t need to know what you’re doing. ”John Doe is taking a pretty serious crap.(via twitter for iphone)”
I’m ranting. My apologies. I’m passionate about my feelings towards social networking sites because they seem to be breeding a generation of socially retarded individuals. People who are incapable of communicating with another person unless its via text, chat, or tweets. It makes me sad.
I really shouldn’t say too much about social networking sites though. I met my boyfriend on Plentyoffish (I’m thrilled that I chose to join that site, otherwise we never would have met!), I interact with the majority of my social circle via Facebook, and I’m currently on a full blown rant via my brand-spanking-new tumblr account (I would have posted it on Twitter but it was too long). Honestly though, I don’t expect anyone to read this.
To conclude my rant, I think its important to find a balance in your internet life v. your real life. Next time you want to communicate something to the world, say it to someone. Who knows, you might end up starting an enjoyable and stimulating conversation.
I’m not really sure what I’m going to do with this blog. I enjoy photography. Perhaps I could use it as a means to share my passion with others. Or perhaps I could use it to share some of my favorite recipes with other aspiring cooks. Or maybe, after I finish this post, I’ll completely forget that I ever created a tumblr account. Only time will tell.