I tend to lurk more than anything when it comes to social media, when compared to others, it seems as if I don’t even exist. I don’t take pictures of every meal I eat, I don’t share every time I go to the grocery store, and I certainly don’t share every bit of drama.
Am I that private of an individual? No, not really, I just don’t feel that everyone needs or wants to know my every movement. I’m not a superstar, I’m just me. Which brings me to the point of this post, I see people sharing things and, like the title says, I think “Really? And you shared that?”
For example, someone shared this image. True, in the most basic of sense. February 2016 will only come once in a lifetime, February 2, 2016 will only happen once in a lifetime as well, unless of course you happen to be in the movie “Groundhog day”. What I really take issue with is the “Because” statement. Let’s just think about this for a minute. February has 28 days three out of four years, 28 days is four weeks, so really every single February has 4 Sundays, 4 Monday, etc. In fact, one out of four has an extra day of the week, this year it happens to be a Monday. And it only happens every 823 years? Uhm.. February 1988 had 2 Mondays! Yeah, it really bothered me that much that I went in search of the previous occurrence. And, just in case you’re wondering, the next one is February 2044. Can you tell I’m annoyed by this?
Furthermore, it’s like the old question, what month has 28 days? Answer: All of them. Point being, when you share something like this without any thought, you’re just adding noise, you’re not adding to the conversation. And it’s jabbering baby talk noises that makes me wonder if you even processed anything before clicking on that shiny little “share” button. I’m not saying don’t share, that’s how we find interesting things, but I am saying think a little bit before clicking that button, just take a second and process what it is that you’re sharing. Be socially aware, be responsible, take responsibility for what you’re saying (sharing) because at some point you’ll become that person that everyone ignores because you’re not adding to the conversation.