#socialmedia

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Could anything be more ironically hip than taking 9,000 photographs over five days to construct an animation of a painting that explains how people waste too much time on social media? The Parisian artist Above left a statement at the vimeo page:

People look at me like I’m from another planet when I tell them I don’t have social media like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. In the eyes of social media I’m severely outdated, lost and not ‘connected’.

Not partaking in the aforementioned social media makes me an outsider looking in on how hyper frequent society uses its sacred social media. I can’t help but observe the people around me who appear to be consumed and addicted to trying to keep up to speed on their social media pages.

You check your Facebook page while driving. Tweet a message that you ‘just took a shower’. Instagram a photo of your double soy macchiato with extra foam and so it continues ad infinitum.

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Those of us who avoid social media will be separated from modern society. Chances are, if you are older than 30 it makes you uncomfortable to see young people connected the way they are. But, think of the way children were glued to a television through the 70's, 80's and 90's without ANY interaction. Teenagers are communicating more now than they have in decades...just in ways that are foreign to the rest of us. Their brains are physically wired to multi-task and are literally shaped differently than our brains were growing up. It's time to get off your high horses...the old "in my day" is getting a little tired.
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I've been trying to explain to someone I met online, that its impossible for me to get to know him through that medium. For me, half the conversation is missing. There's a dialog going on when two people occupy the same room and say nothing. It's in the body language and the subtext.
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Good for him! I thought I was the only one who has no interest is getting on the facebook. When I see the zombies around me, constantly tapping away at their cellphones, yet unable to hold a face-to-face conversation with another human, it saddens me.
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