ARE WE SOCIAL MEDIA “OUTRAGED”?

Just lately I’ve found myself tweeting less and posting to my stories on the ‘gram less too. I’m feeling less inspired and spending more time watching Netflix originals in my pyjamas than actually spending time working. I’ve also completely locked out my Facebook so you can’t find me and even though I’ve never used my surname on my blog or my Instagram, if you look hard enough you’ll find it. I want to keep Georgia Anne and Georgia whoever, completely separate from each other.

Some people may not get this: I talk about being an open book and sharing every aspect of who I am as a person with my blog and socials, so this would include those kinds of details, but I’m also still tucking myself away nice and tidy when it comes down to the bigger picture. There’s still bits of me that I’m not that keen on sharing and opinions I’d rather not write down.

Social media is playing the largest role in these feelings. I think we all have a love-hate relationship with social media, whether we’re willing to admit it or not we’re addicted to it whilst hating it. We’re not obligated to use it, but we do feel like we absolutely have to be on it and to be tuned in at all times. We’re reading opinions we feel like we have to agree with because social media told us so, and because of this, we’re also being shamed for having a differing opinion or for not completely understanding why something may be wrong, or for even not having known it was wrong in the first place.

Every morning I load up Twitter to go on to the explore page so that I know what’s going on in the world of social media, what’s got people’s heads turning today and what’s the general opinion on it? I feel like I’m expected to be aware of everything going on. Every controversy, social change or trend. It’s becoming exhausting. More exhausting when I’m expected to be outraged by everything.

I very very rarely tweet out a ~controversial~ opinion on something, or to rephrase that: I rarely comment my opinion on something ~controversial~ whether it’s something to do with our environmental changes (even though I do try to do my bit for the Earth), or something to do with a celebrity sex scandal, not because I’m sitting here in the sidelines rooting for all of the evil in the world: But because I don’t want to sit into an outraged mold created by social media. I don’t want to be outraged for the sake of it. I don’t want to be offended in order to gain a few new +followers. Do things shock and appall me? Definitely. Do I feel the need to comment on them publicly? Absolutely not. I care about things because I care about them, not because I have to which is how social media makes me feel.

I’m also not going to sit down with my pringles down my pyjama top tweeting about how this thing has me sooo offended because I want a few people telling me how its sooo refreshing to see someone who cares and is speaking out. I’m not intending on building a brand and seeking some rewards through my opinions on current controversies and scandals. I care, but not enough to “care”.

Does this make me a bad person? Probably. Maybe not wanting to jump on the current rage bandwagon makes me ignorant and sheltered, but I can’t bring myself to be online outraged and to be seen doing a good thing when in all actuality: behind the scenes I’m just binge-eating and watching YouTube. There’s many counter-arguments to what I’m getting at though, some of you may think that just writing about it is enough because I’m informing my following and readership about why something is oh-so-awful (for the month), and someone may be ~influenced~ to make a change, but I don’t want to put on a puppet show when behind the curtains I’m indifferent.

Also, when my intentions are pure, when I do a good thing and when I have been positively outraged: Why does everyone need to know about it? Should I get my iPhone camera out every time I give a homeless person a pound, or should I start vlogging my anger into a camera because I’m really angry that so-and-so, an influencer much bigger than I, didn’t tweet their own outrage too? Uh, don’t think so. I don’t do “good deeds” for a rise or ego boost from strangers on the internet. I doubt many people do in all honesty, but there are people out there doing this.

Last year around Christmas people were positively outraged, FURIOUS by the amount of waste the clothing industry was producing, it was a whole scandal! It didn’t take long for copious amounts of Boohoo and Topshop hauls to reappear on my Twitter timeline though, and I began to think: Were people really that outraged? Does the more you shout about something equal the less you care? Because honestly: Not shouting and rampaging about something doesn’t actually mean you don’t care. We can make changes behind closed doors.

Just because I’m of the opinion that I don’t need to shout about things doesn’t mean I don’t care though, don’t take this as a, this is Georgia’s indirect way of being Ms Piers Morgan! because it’s really not. But yeah, I will admit there’s fads and social trends that people get outraged by where I don’t see the point, there’s always something and let’s be honest: we don’t all always agree. I don’t see why everyone is always so up-in-arms about the Kardashians, yet someone else feels like they need their presence in the world wiped out, I also care immensely about certain topics that someone else just may not get. So why do we all always have to be constantly outraged and why do we all always have to write a tweet or a caption on IG expressing our complete outrage? Why?

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2 Comments

  1. January 13, 2019 / 12:26 pm

    I totally get this. Yes, there are things that definitely need talking about and awareness that needs to be brought towards particular topics but I feel like social media (Twitter in particular) can be a minefield because there’s people who are actively looking to be offended or outraged at something, as though they have a quota to fill. For example, when people are kicking off at Piers Morgan/Logan Paul (the two who seem to be all over my timeline this week) they’re not even remotely listening to anyone, they’re just gaining the attention that they wanted in the first place.

    • January 13, 2019 / 12:27 pm

      Piers Morgan and Logan Paul are getting the attention they want, just to clarify

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