Not Every Moment Has to Be Posted on Social Media


Photo by: Samantha Domingo

“The content that we share can range from major life events to the most minuscule detail that you wouldn’t normally think to share with others.”

Story By: Samantha Domingo, News Editor

Living in the digital age, it’s almost impossible to avoid social media. For the most part, it works in our favor— information, friends, whatever the internet might be used for— the answer is just a click away.

However, many people tend to overshare on social media. Websites and apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat make it incredibly easy to post and share almost anything with those in your network.

The content that we share can range from major life events to the most minuscule detail that you wouldn’t normally think to share with others. This isn’t just a millennial issue— older and younger generations are prone to doing it as well.

So why is it that so many people have a compelling desire to post every aspect of their life onto social media?

On one side of the argument, the idea that keeping these memories on the internet, where they can be accessed easily and kept forever is a great idea. Practically anyone can learn how to take a picture on their smartphone and upload it to social media in seconds, and share that moment with loved ones around the world.

It’s simpler and safer than the alternative of taking a photo of a precious memory, getting it developed, and storing it in a photo album, where it has the potential to get lost or ruined.

But there’s a downside to posting so much too: being on our phones so often and trying to capture that perfect moment for social media distracts us from truly enjoying that moment as it happens.

One example that I see happening all too often is when a group of people who are all together all post what is essentially the same picture of the same event, but at a slightly different angle.

This happens a lot in my family. Every person has to get a picture on their phone, and so taking group pictures ends up taking half an hour, even though every photo is almost the same. Wouldn’t it be easier to just have one person take a few pictures and share it with everyone else?

My least favorite instance of oversharing on social media is when people post videos of a concert they attended. Not only is the view partially blocked by dozens of other people also holding up their phones and recording for Snapchat, but the video produced is almost always of terrible quality in both audio and visuals as well.

No one wants to watch that.

Additionally, you might be ruining the experience for other concert-goers. Imagine trying to enjoy the show in person, but your view is directly blocked by some asshole who insists on recording the entire concert on their phone. That blows.

I get it, you’re having a good time and want to share it with everyone. But sometimes, it’s better to just put the phone down and live in the moment.