Even though I have accounts with all the major social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat…), I’ve never been one for sharing every detail of my life. I think there are two main reasons for that.
(1) While I’m not a technophobe by any means, I also appreciate the feeling of experiencing something with no concern for the proper angles and lighting for sharing online. Most of the time, things like that just don’t cross my mind.
(2) I don’t think my life is all that interesting. There are millions of working moms out there. So, who am I to think that my life is so special that I need to broadcast my every move to the world?
But you know what? Reality TV is as successful as it is because people like to be able to see a little of themselves in the people they’re seeing on their screens. Sure, my life isn’t the most exciting thing in the world, but if there’s something it is, it’s relatable.
So, I decided to try a little experiment – a SOCIAL experiment if you will.
For a full day, I posted my every move via the most popular social media networks.
Here are some of the gems I came away with at the end of the day:
I definitely came away with a few things after my day of (IMO) over-sharing.
(1) For the people out there who think being “social media famous” isn’t well-deserved, you’re wrong. Constantly thinking of clever 140-character thoughts and taking pictures of things that have been photographed a million times in new and interesting ways and making mundane day-to-day things like eating lunch sound fascinating? It’s hard work! Plus, checking on likes and comments can really become something of a compulsion – every two minutes because you know, you never know.
(2) Maybe my life is more interesting than I thought. I live in arguably the most interesting city in the world. I have a beautiful family. I work at a pretty great place. Posting about the minutiae, in a lot of ways made me appreciate the things around me. And surprisingly, while it may have annoyed my husband a little bit at points, I never felt like I was missing out on my life by posting about it.
(3) Posting all over town forced me to care a little less about what other people think of me. Truthfully, I don’t know why I care, but I do. Whenever I have to stop to take a picture (especially a selfie or a Snap starring me), I can’t stop myself from wondering what random passersby might be thinking. But really, what’s the difference? It’s pretty safe to say that I will never see about 99% of them again, and the odds that they even noticed me in the first place are pretty slim.
I don’t think I’ll ever post as much as I did on the day of my experiment, but you may be seeing more of me than you have been…if I can remember to carry my charger everywhere. I was at 40% before 10am!