I had the displeasure of mistakenly clicking on a Yahoo news posting about whether one of the Kardashians should pose pregnant in a skin-tight jumpsuit. In reviewing the hundreds of comments to the Kardashian post, and the comments to those comments, I connected most directly to one poster’s comment:
“I hate lima beans, but I don’t go to the supermarket ten times a day to scream at them.”
So here’s a test to see whether you are social media “pure,” i.e. you are part of the minority of social media contributors who doesn’t add to the wasteland, but keeps the virtual forest green and growing:
1. Do you post everyday events on Facebook that you yourself wouldn’t read if your friends posted them?
2. When you comment on other people’s posts, do you simply agree or disagree (as opposed to adding new original content)?
3. Do you post your intimate private life online (FB, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, blog, or otherwise)? (The answer is automatically “yes” if you have had the TMI pang the next day of “why did I post that?”)
4. Do you comment on, or Like, social media posts solely so that you’ll be perceived by others as “involved” with your online friends (connections, whatever)?
5. Out of every five posts you make (comments/posts/Likes/&c.), are at least three of them to the benefit of society, rather than your ego?
If you answered “no” to these questions, thank you for your contributions; you are a helpful part of our online community. If you answered “yes” to these questions, however, you are contributing to the impurities and wasteland that is becoming social media. If you don’t want a polluted social media world, STOP! Start cleaning up our virtual streets by posting socially relevant and helpful information. If this applies to anyone you know (including the people you added on FB who you knew twenty years ago, who are now wasting your time with Farmville or Candy Crush), repost this!! #SocialMediaPurity #TaketheTest