Social media: use web-based technologies, desktop computers and mobile technologies (e.g., smartphones and tablet computers) to create highly interactive platforms through which individuals, communities and organizations can share,
So what exactly can we take from this lovely Wikipedia definition of social media to mean?
Okay sure, share, but share what? What we ate for breakfast? Live share a movie we're watching instead of actually watching that movie? Share vacation photos instead of walking on the beach or swimming in the ocean?
I take the meaning to be a lot more in depth and complicated than that. I think originally these mediums were invented so that we could connect with another and share 'useful' information in a much easier fashion. I recall when "the" Facebook now Facebook (thanks Justin Timberlake) came around I used it to connect with people from other colleges that I'd met and share what was going on at our schools in hopes of actually building an IRL friendship. Now it seems that if you're "friends" on social media than that's good enough. You can go years without seeing someone yet, they still know everything about you that you decide to share.
Alright, so here we are at day 3. And while living in a world without social media in some aspects is getting better in others, the 'struggle is real.' So I had to do a project for my internship where I had to put together a playlist based on suggestions made via Facebook. And while I didn't scroll through my own feed while doing so just glancing at that red notification button in the corner made me tempted to see what was going. Which is a little scary if you think about it...this need of to be accepted by the masses. It's almost like we have created this alternate universe and in doing so I think it makes our 'real' reality a little less real.