Ah, the early days of Facebook! We could connect with our friends in unprecedented ways. It was exciting and a truly wonderful innovation.
Ah, the early days of Twitter! In only 140 characters we could share our nuggets of wisdom with the world, connecting with people from all around the globe around our areas of passion.
Ah, the early days of Instagram! Smartphone technology allowed us to take pictures of all our intimate moments and share them with our friends and make new friends with shared interests.
Facebook = advertising
Twitter = politics and bickering
Instagram = noise
As an author, I’m always looking for ways to connect with people who might be interested in my labour of love. But I can no longer do this through social media. It’s a word which is currently overused to a ridiculous extent, but in my view social media in general has become ‘toxic’.
Everything changes, everyone is out to make money, and the world is messed up. Technology reflects the very best and the very worst of humanity, and while it used to be a force for good, greed has overtaken social media. Platforms which originally enhanced the human experience are now detrimental to it.
I’ve felt this way for some time, and maybe you have too. Many people have come to depend on social media in so many ways, so I’m sad to see what has happened to these platforms. But I suppose this is capitalism, and this is the broken world in which we live.
Am I right?
Feel free to agree or disagree in the comments below.