Twitter users send millions of tweets per day. These tweets vary in content; personal opinions, musings, information-based or even news events. More frequently they refer to what the tweeter is doing. Tapping 140 characters out on a smartphone whilst out and about is the norm. The question is, however, if a person is attending an event and is constantly tweeting about how much fun it is, is it really that fun? If your face is buried into a smartphone are you really having a blast?
The first thing that comes to mind is the saying “time flies when you’re having fun”. When you’re actively having fun, you don’t check your phone often. People are distracted by life; they are enjoying themselves without tweeting about it. Having fun is spontaneous. Surely if you were having so much fun you would be indulging and living in the moment, not tweeting about it.
Take a few minutes and scroll down your Twitter feed and you’ll be sure to stumble upon an offending tweet or two:
The latest phenomenon is to pull out a smartphone and commemorate special occasions. During a wedding watching the bride and groom walking down the isle is a poignant moment, one that shouldn’t be seen through the lens of a smartphone or discussed on a Twitter feed. Guests’ distraction keeps them from being truly present in the there and now. This can only be deemed unacceptable if the bride and groom aren’t in on the act themselves – tweeting about how much fun their own wedding is. Perhaps one day in the near future wedding dresses will come with phone pockets!
One of the benefits of social media is the ability to share your personal brand with the world and being heard and known in the community. It’s also about showing the world what you get up to and the events you attend. So is ‘live tweeting’ about ‘having fun’ more about users showing off their social calendar? By sharing with your network the event you’re attending, you are evidencing that you are sociable and outgoing, even if this means you aren’t actually having the great time your tweet makes out.
Social media users demonstrate an edited version of themselves online. They want their users to see them in the best light. We want others to see we lead fun and interesting lives. It’s an interesting segment of human psychology. Take for instance, Aston Martin. Only 70,000 vehicles have ever been made, yet on Facebook they have 4 million likes! Being associated with sports cars and the iconic super spy James Bond only heightens credibility and the idea that you’re fun and cool.
On the other hand, social networking is a great way to connect with others and form active communities. Live tweeting along with sporting events and TV shows has become increasingly popular, and turns it into a social and interactive activity. It is, therefore, possible to be having fun whilst tweeting! It is also a means by which to share news of fun activities to encourage others to get involved and take part, and it allows users and followers to interact and share what we get up to.
So the next time you are having fun, live in the moment and enjoy it. Feel free to share it with followers, but afterwards not during. Keep your phone confined to your pocket!
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