Last week New Jersey passed a bill (A3292) that if signed into law would require middle school students to take a course on how to use social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in a safe and responsible manner. In a digital world where everything is remembered in some dark, back alley looking section of the internet, are all the posts, photos and tweets that you wish you'd never posted.
The thing is, as forward thinking as this is, these kids aren't really benefitting if they graduate not knowing how to spell, read, or just go through life in general but are educated on social media. Which, let's be honest they know more about than the adults. So instead, I'm going to make it real simple.
Everyone loves a good selfie. So much so that it was officially added to the dictionary (smh...) The thing is, there are some basic rules to selfie taking. DON'T make the picture all about your boobs. I can look at mine. I don't need to see yours. DO post clear pictures. No one wants to figure out the mystery of your blurry photo. If you're take them in the bathroom, DON'T get the toilet in the frame. Just no.
First, DO share until your fingers fall off. That's the way I find out about new blogs, giveaways, news and funny posts about what cats would say if they were yelling at people. However, DON'T share your life story. I don't care what you had for breakfast, lunch or that you are at the grocery store. DON'T retweet everything.
You know, I really only have three things to say here: be fucking nice. Ok, I lied. Also, be sincere. If you dislike something, say so, nicely. There's no reason to act like a damn sheep and just go along with what everyone else is saying. The Golden Globes... Jennifer Lawrence's dress? I FREAKING HATE IT! But you know what I'm not going to, start an Internet fight.
|Someone cracked me up with this on Monday. As soon as I remember whose blog it was, I'll credit.|
Ok, I know there is some debate on this one but seriously, when there's a paragraph of hashtags I just want to slap you. Do you need that much attention? And don't tell me you're promoting the picture because half of them are full on sentences that no one will search and the others are probably stupid. #sorrynotsorry
In the life of a blogger having a social media presence is key. It's how we network and market ourselves. It's how we gain followers and spread our voice. The thing is, there's a time and place for that when it comes to real life. DO NOT be one of those assholes who is on their phone scrolling through your accounts nonstop. Be in the moment. This video, I Forgot My Phone, by Charlene deGuzman & Miles Crawford is just awesome.
And really, that's all you need to know. Have fun with it, network, share but don't let it take over. Now, if only they'd pay me the beaucoup Congress bucks for breaking down what politicians will surely fight over.