Finding Honesty in Social Media

So much. So soon. Such favor.

LET’S TALK HONESTY IN SOCIAL MEDIA TO DRIVE POPULARITY

Check your photos.
Your relationship status.
Your show and tell.

Disclaimer: This article does not intend to put any individual, group, association, any person with a particular belief, religion, profession, or industry affiliation in a negative light.

Readers who do not identify with the same opinion are free to surf out from reading this article.


This is an opinion piece and the writer does not represent any political, religious, ideological, or professional views in publishing this piece.

The writer holds that this is merely written to better the content of social media for kids to teen readers who have freeway access to social media and internet sites.

Your liberal understanding in the topic discussed is thus politely requested.

How much openness is enough in order to earn likes and gain authenticity in social media? From what I have been reading back home and yes, in many other sites, a lot. A lot of openness, to a fault of sacrificing privacy.


As we surf from turf to turf; page to page, we see many contents that show not just skin, but women in full regalia of bare, celebrating the uniqueness of their womanhood.


No qualms about showing. If it asserts femininity without conditions. And without regret.


But when we intersperse skin-showing pictures with text in blatant language, words that do not show politeness, and statements that go beyond frankness that all jump above acceptable ethics in human relations, that I think is a problem.

Especially when these are flaunted and much-vaunted for in social media, for popularity’s sake.

These days, who dares refute that, “content is king?”.

But as we can see, it is not content but sensationalism that really matters in the heyday of social media influence. THAT GOOD OLD journalism “must not do” ideal, is alive and kicking to this day, in the era of millennials. And this writing faux pas has permeated into the realm of social media. Where the acceptable adage or right of way seems to be:


“Make it controversial.”

“Make it intriguing in order to be read.”

“Show yourself.”

Because TOO MUCH is not too much.

You have to earn likes and shares. And not hide from everyone, right?


And there goes our right to privacy.


So much. So soon. Such favor for those who do not share in the beauty of your life.


Browse over some fan comments and you read not love, but an expression of the contrary.


And our popular celebrities do feel the pinch and tinge of sacrifice they have to do in order to hold fame in their hands.


Can we get more value in content that is not outright OUTTHERE, PLAIN BARE, and cursive in the language (euphemism)?

I think many are enjoying these times of the “look at me and wonder” generation. Because fame has become acceptable, yes maybe trivial, but totally within reach of everyone.


Honesty served, honesty rejected,

when all the comments matter.



To be in my forties, writing still and reading more, I cannot help but ask: are we not better than this slew of show and tell content?


Okay, there might be felt of need to show wealth and how far one has come.


Or maybe any slightest news is a big tell for others, no matter how indistinct or otherwise you are.


But can honesty in social media grow your self-love and image later on in life, when the klieg lights have faded and the followers have aged?

Fans’ attitudes have changed through the years.

Readers have become not just scrutinizing but also well-placed in sharing their feelings and emotions when a certain picture or statement hurts them or earns their disapproval directly.


EVEN IF THE CONTENT CREATOR does not aim to do so.


There is so much sharing on social media these days. Boundaries have blurred decency in digital conversations.


Perhaps we are growing our pride and not lifelong learnings each time we make ourselves visible on social media.


What is left of honesty, when we’ve shared everything already?

And left nothing for us to hold in our raw hearts to ponder?


HOW CAN OUR youngsters delineate what’s acceptable behavior in communication and what’s not, when those who preceded them have shown that the digital world is the only world that matters?


By sharing too much in social media, we let go of our true capacity to live in the real world of adults, where there is decency and withheld brazenness of attitude.


So I opine honesty in social media may not always do us good, if many are bound to reject their own authenticity, just to accept what is popular and what is trending.


Honesty must be rejected when lines of decency have famished and flaunting has become too much for the kids to read and take.


Make honesty count. The right way.


Because in social media, everyone’s gaze does not always mean a favorable like.


Thank you for reading Fated to Write by Anna.

Copyright 2021

Philippines

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