Good morning, folks!
So, last night on Twitter the hashtag #confessyourunpopularopinion was trending. For those of you who do not tweet, this means that people would add this hashtag at the end of whatever they were saying. This is so that when someone clicks on that hashtag, they see every tweet that has ever been sent out using that hashtag. It can be a way to discuss issues or gripe about something or share a fandom moment. Last night, it was just something silly to do.
(WARNING: Profanity ahead. Sorry. It was my only trend tweet last night, though!)
So why was it trending? How did it get so popular?
My theory is that we like to be distracted, in any way possible at times. Otherwise, Twitter and Instagram and Facebook wouldn't even exist, right? For many people, it's a way to connect to others and it's a way to step out of your own life for a while. Rather like reading a book or movie, except in shorter bursts.
But why start silly trends like these on Twitter? I mean, there's so much distraction anyway. And is it just good fun, or is it avoidance? For me, it always starts as just a fun thing to do. I never say to myself, "Boy, this sure would be a great way to suck up three hours of my time, so I don't have to write/wash clothes/study." But inevitably, it turns into a night of unproductivity. (Yes, that's a word. I just used it, didn't I?) I can't speak for anyone but me, but I've had to limit myself with activities such as these, otherwise, I'd never get anything done. After all, something is always trending on Twitter!
When I was younger (Before the Internet. Shut up.), I would read all the time. It was how I took myself out of my reality, lost the stress or worry of my day, how I traveled to new lands or experienced a life that wasn't mine. I still do that, although I find it harder now to totally immerse myself in a book, and I blame becoming a writer for that. Imagine cooking hamburgers for a living and going out one night for dinner with some friends, and ordering a hamburger. You wouldn't be able to stop yourself from critiquing and studying it.
This hamburger isn't as juicy as mine, but it does have this lovely cheese, and oh! Are those pickles? I love pickles.
You see what I'm saying. That's why I tend to watch TV or movies, or hop on social media, for brain relaxation time. It's hard to chill while analyzing stuff. And as the world seems to become busier and busier, and everything is being hooked into the Great Wide Internet (Scary! Hello, Matrix.), I wonder how many people have switched their habits up like I did. It would make an interesting study in twenty years, anyway. ;)
How about you? Do you use social media as a way to connect or as a distraction? If you don't use it much at all, what are your favorite distractions? And how do you limit yourself, so you don't get carried away?