Live life not the media life

Is anyone else just completely worn out by the constant bombardier of “selfies” on social media sites? It seems like every day I go on Instagram and see a teenage girl taking a picture of herself trying to be super pretty, and it just sickens me.
It’s not just the fact that they post pictures of themselves to get attention that pisses me off. These girls are dressing like streetwalkers, and that’s not even the worst part of it. The worst part about all this social media attention-seeking to me is that these girls get tons of “likes” on their photos.
Often times, I’ll actually like these photos on my Instagram feed. This is so that later I can go back into my “Posts You’ve Liked” section and show my friends to get a kick out of their comments that usually go something like, “Wow, I can’t believe she actually posted that.” After all, they spend so much time crafting and photo-shopping their pictures to make themselves look perfect for the whole world, might as well give them a pity like.
It may sound mean, but if these girls want to expose themselves to the whole world, I should be able to joke around with my friends about how stupid they look.
And ladies, I don’t mean to only pick on you; guys can be just as annoying on social-media sites.
It’s just different when it comes to guys. But, instead of seeking attention from girls by posting pictures of themselves, they post pictures of them and all their buddies at the coolest party of the weekend.
The same kind of dynamic applies to guys. We all want attention; we just seek it in different ways. High school and college guys want all the people that are following them to know that they are really cool because they go to parties and you don’t, and they get messed up with their buddies and you don’t.
Whatever happened to just going about your business? Why do we as a society have to let everyone know just how awesome we think we are? If you as a guy want to go to parties and get blasted with all your friends, I’m no one to judge. And if you as a girl want to take pictures of yourself and think that you are just God’s gift to the world, go right ahead.
Just know that I will probably un-follow you if you are one of these ladies or gentlemen. Instead of making sure that everyone else in the world knows what you are doing at all times, maybe give this a try: Hang out with your friends.
Maybe even put down the phone for one second and talk to your family. You might find out that they are more like you than you think.
Do you really think when Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger created Instagram, that they thought this is what the content on their social-media site would consist of (with all the “selfies” and what not)?
Don’t get me wrong, the picture that Ellen DeGeneres captured with the assist of Bradley Cooper at the Oscar’s this year was quite the star-powered photo. Cooper took the most re-tweeted photo ever as he, DeGeneres, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Kevin Spacey, Jared Leto, Julia Roberts, Lupita Nyong’o and Channing Tatum all joined in on the fun that President Barack Obama jokingly called “a pretty cheap stunt” in an interview with Ellen.
To quote Ferris Bueller, portrayed by Matthew Broderick in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” I know everyone loves this quote and it’s totally overused, but the part that applies here is just put the phone down and live your life.