Back in the day I was against social media. MySpace was popping off when I was a freshman in college and I didn’t understand it – at all. Then I saw this was the way you actually had to live to keep in touch so I made one. It was void of my face because then (and still a bit now) I am not too comfortable in photos. Over time though I found myself blogging more and more and with that came a cascade of social media to keep up with. I hate it. I wish I could write on a typewriter and still make a living, alas I am not Stephen King (that’s what he uses right?). So I’m stuck with having the usual suspects; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr. It bothers me you need a personal Facebook to have a page but whatever, I like to scroll through and see news stories but what I started to notice in the past few years was the growing interest in marathons on my timeline.
When MySpace was a thing, I was a decade younger and posts were almost all band related and that was great – at the time. Now it’s a little of that and a lot of actual life; kids, marriage, recipes, marathons. Yes, freaking marathons. We’re a society that has morphed into oversharers. We believe every facet of our life has to be posted on a wall or a tweet, or else it won’t get acknowledged and if we are not “liked” for what we do, then what’s the point? It’s like our parents didn’t praise us enough growing up and social media is here to constantly pat us on the back for waking up. Like good job, you didn’t croak in the middle of the night – “LIKE.” Phew, glad someone liked it or else my waking would be useless.
Anyways, with the oversharing came a wave of people posting about the marathons they were participating in. It’s not that I became annoyed by it – because let’s face it, almost 99.9% of the things people share online is borderline annoying. But it seemed like overnight everyone and their mom decided that marathons were the new “it” thing like Kitson once was for D-list celebrities made famous by E! and Bravo. I started to resent these people. Not like what they were doing wasn’t great. I mean, they’re raising money for this and that, but did they need to showcase every aspect of the race? I get one shot and done, but again – we’re a society that can’t stand to be ignored and if every second of our lives are not posted…did it even happen, or more importantly matter?
Doing something great should matter because well, it’s great and it shouldn’t have to be posted constantly on social media. Amy did note that successfully completing a marathon is something to be prideful in and I’m not disagreeing – I am just noting that perhaps we don’t need a play by play of the day. This came to mind thanks to the marathon explosion, but it goes for all hobbies. We love to share what we’re proud of but it’s not necessary to share it all the time. While I cannot stand Selena Gomez and want to know why she was creeping on Bieber’s Instagram, she had a point when she said that he could choose to keep some things private. One and done, we don’t need 57 pictures of one event clogging up our feed.