Social Media is a Flash Drive

When social media was created,  the objective was lucid, but the mechanism by which it would be utilized was unclear. Most people would say it came into existence to facilitate social interaction and networking in its quickness and brevity, but after reading “The Truth of Fact, The Truth of Feeling,” I have come to recognize its capacity to serve as an external hard drive for memories. I tend to only post occasionally or on special occasions, and I try to keep my digital footprint very positive, boosting my reputation for any opportunities in the future. Looking back on my accomplishments will bring back pleasant feelings of nostalgia when I have a job and a family. However, this filtration of posts could cause a shift in my overall view of life. The positive posts remain, possibly leaving a falsely optimistic impression of the past and, by comparison, more negative connotation of the remaining memories not published to social media. The only way to combat this phenomenon is to internalize my memories accurately internally and externally, providing two ways to appreciate the past.

The population should be aware that social media is addictive and can dilute the feelings associated with memories. While the Internet is a great place to store information, this can lead to a decrease in the sentimentality of the information. When thoughts or events are digitized, the humanity of the moment has the possibility of disappearing from the person himself or herself. Some memories are made to be cherished internally, and if they are released to the world, memories can be tainted and lose their value.

4 thoughts on “Social Media is a Flash Drive”

  1. One interesting thought to ponder (although I am inclined to agree with your statement as well) is that many might have felt the same way about their introduction to writing, as Ted Chiang was sort of hinting at in his short story. There are some obvious differences between the present situation and technology and those of the past, but perhaps in the future we will start to make more technologically rich versions of written journals, just as social media and electronic outlets are sort of serving as now. “Life logging” doesn’t have to take away from our lives, so to speak, assuming we make it into more of a way of enhancing our memory as opposed to replacing it entirely.

  2. I really like what you said about losing the humanity of the moment. Some things are definitely more special when they are not shared with the rest of the world. I feel like it is hard to call social media a place to store memories because of the fact that is so public. Memories tend to be more personal, while the instant we try posting something on social media, we must click the “share” button. On the viewer’s rather than poster’s side of social media, it sometimes becomes an information overload in that we know too much about people that we may have never met. In the long run, this can take away from an average person’s social capabilities. Many people no longer have the skills to ask a person about them or tell them about themselves because they can simply look up their social media and find out everything they need to know. Social media is meant to bring people closer together; yet, many times it has the opposite effect.

  3. I really do not agree with the statement “Some memories are made to be cherished internally, and if they are released to the world, memories can be tainted and lose their value.” Memories are only shared with the world only when the person wants the world to also have an image of what those memories are. If a memory is really so loved and private the person will not post it on Facebook or instagram. I believe that people only share thing online when they want other people to also see it. Nobody is forced to post Facebook pictures!

  4. It is part of our human nature to keep memories through our emotional connection to them. For this reason I fully agree with what you mentioned about digital reproductions being devoid of the “Humanity” of the moment.
    For example, if my memory of my fifth birthday party was created while I was in a particularly good mood, my mind would have exaggerated all of the positive aspects of the memory due to my heightened emotional connection to it. To have to replay such a scene from the view of a camera, without all of the sensory details I mentally treasured, may cause me to lose love for a moment that had previously appeared so special in my mind.
    We are meant to use our own natural senses to live, and technology should be there as an aid when needed. A distinct boundary should be made that prevents technology from being used to replace the basic functions that humans were designed to have.

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