Being born in the late 90’s is a little weird. We remember what it’s like to play catch outside, cards by a campfire, and tag on the playground. We also know the in’s and outs of social media, because as our generation was growing up, social media was growing widespread.
Often when I scroll through my Facebook or Instagram feed, I see a photo of someone from Junior High who I may have had a conversation with once — eight years ago. Now I know they live in an apartment in Abbotsford, have a two-year-old Chihuahua, and look — a baby!
Do they even realize I know all of this? Do they even realize we’re still Facebook friends? I feel creepy.
Could all these small details become a problem? Do I know too many things I do not need to know? Is this an information overload?
Social media and the overloading of information can start to be a real problem. It can interrupt our lives from learning and thinking about others things. I often find myself mentioning that distant Junior High acquaintances baby in conversation. I’m literally bringing these social media posts into my life. I’m talking about things with my friends and family that, twenty years ago, I wouldn’t have been able to.
I wouldn’t know that Jeff had blueberry jam for breakfast today. I wouldn’t know that my cousin’s best friend’s uncle just got engaged. I wouldn’t know Edgar’s snake ate his kitten today, whole.
I have to wonder, though, would I feel distanced and possibly uncomfortable if I were to remove all of these people from my social media accounts? Would I be left in the dark, wondering what everyone is up to? Or do I really even care…
I’m not sure. But the information overload is real — and my friends list need’s a decluttering, because, no, Bob’s second cousin’s dog’s Facebook account is probably not necessary to keep.
– Michaela Bishop