Social Media Has Made the World VERY Small
I remember thinking when I first signed up for Facebook that I would never use it. It took personal relationships and made them, somehow, impersonal. I still believe that, but I do use Facebook. Not to keep in touch with my BFFs, but to keep tabs on folks I would otherwise not be staying in touch with.
Social media really has made the world a very small place. Teenagers have no idea how good they have it. Fan of a certain band or actor? Follow them on Twitter. If they are active enough, you can find out what they ordered at Starbucks two seconds ago, and what project they are currently working on in a blow by blow fashion. That's UNREAL! I remember having to wait a month for the latest news on Bon Jovi as a teenager. You know, when the latest hard rock and metal magazines hit newsstands.
Kids today probably walk around thinking they KNOW their idols because they do know so much about them. Certainly, they wouldn't have frozen into a lump of social anxiety when standing next to their teenage idol at the House of Blues in New Orleans like I did. Yeah. Me, pacing in front of Richie Sambora, who had just played a solo concert for my company. I was a grown woman, CD in hand and terrified to open my mouth. Today's kids would probably have just crossed the velvet rope that separated his VIP area from where I was and started a conversation about his latest tweet.
Even as I write this I realize that there are some folks out there on Active Rain who probably feel like they know me because they have read so many of blog posts. And they probably do since I do write my own content and am not afraid to tell embarrassing stories like blundering a chance to get my teenage idol to sign a freakin' CD. They just don't get the potty mouth that my in-person and phone encounters get. Somehow, a row of asterisks don't convey the same thing.
It really can blow your mind to think how small all of our worlds have become, and what has become our daily entertainment. Who would have ever thought, twenty years ago, a real estate agent in Northern Virginia would have people following her blog?