If a tree falls in a forest, and no one is there to hear it, did it happen?
If a bird chirps in a meadow, and no one is there to hear it, did it really happen?
This follows the Solipsistic logic, that the world exists, only because I am here to witness its existence. If I wasn’t here with my senses, experiencing the world, the world wouldn’t exist. This whole world is a fantasy, existing only in my thoughts. The past only exists because I keep it alive in my mind. The present because I experience it. The future because I dream of it.
Oversharing Social Media Posts
This kind of logic is also followed by people on social media networks nowadays. Your existence and everything you do in your life has to be validated by an external source. If your frenemy from high school doesn’t like your picture in a bikini in Tahiti, then your whole vacation has been a fail.
We have to share our successes and failures. That is something that is natural to human beings from the beginning of time. Even cave men had to share their stories through paintings on the wall. We are just using a different medium to do so.
But the problem arises when you are sharing details of your life that either should be kept to yourself, or should be shared sparingly only with the closest friends who would actually care about it. Your life and everything in it is justified to be here, without the need for likes, dislikes or thumbs-ups.
Share Only The Best Stuff?
Being specific about what you share with your network doesn’t dilute everything you say. Your network will know that you are the kind of person who shares only the juiciest of tidbits from your life. They will stand up and pay attention when you share only once every week or less frequent, rather than if you posted something every single day. Or even every single hour, like some.
Do not concern yourself with others and sharing when you are experiencing a glorious moment. When the wind is in your hair and the world is at your feet, do not be worried about the picture you have to take in order to share with your network. When you are in the moment, in the flow, enjoying a juicy moment, do not think about the tweet you have to share with your network. Take care not to dilute your experiences with the urgency of shares and likes. Take care to be in the moment.
In final, I think if you didn’t share it on FaceBook, it does happen. It happens quite magnificently.
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