We are all in search of identity. Whether we like it or not, social media has become a very important tool for us to define our identity. Whether it's choosing a new profile picture or going on an unnecessarily long rant on your Facebook wall, each of us is using the internet as a way to spread ideas or consume them. Social media hasn't totally replaced face-to-face interaction, but sometimes it seems pretty close to doing so. It has taken me a very long time to realize that this isn't necessarily a bad thing.
Humans have always been greatly impacted by emerging technology. Some may say that each new achievement in communication has improved the way we interact with each other. However, at the time, I'm sure that not everyone was so quick to get on board. The written word must have had critics saying that oral storytelling would be lost forever; the printing press surely had naysayers that were convinced that no one would ever learn to write anything by hand; some even claimed that "Video Killed the Radio Star". All the haters would soon find out that their worst fears would never come true, and that the new technologies would just be a very effective addition to what people have always done. Social media is just the latest form of communication, within a lineage of advancements going back to the beginning of human kind. After all, emoji's are essentially just hieroglyphics, right? ;)
Rather than be on the wrong side of history, on the side of the grumpy old men that are completely afraid of change, I've finally realized that the only option is to embrace social media. However, just like any other technology, I know that social media can be used for good or it can be used for evil. I realize that, not only am I working on my identity in the "real world", I now know I need to seriously consider how to reflect my digital identity with integrity as well.
If you are reading this post, I say thank you. Thank you for taking interest in my journey of discovery, in my quest to navigate this new and strange world of FB's and IG's, twitters and tumblers, and all the other weird shit that just came out today. Now, go and like me, comment on my feed, #bless me. Or just check out these cute puppies: