Thoughts

Records: 54 days to Commencement

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Oversharing on social media is generally derided as narcissistic. We don’t want our news feeds overflowing with everyone else’s good times (or complaints). I’ve also tried limiting posts: not every meal needs to be documented, not every thought needs a public audience. But on some platforms, where my friends’ list is smaller and I know my statuses easily get lost in news feeds, I have the freedom to post whatever I feel.

One user on that site once criticized girls especially for being too emotional online; I know whatever is going on in her mind, the status said. I tried limiting posts after that as I didn’t want to seem insecure, but that only lasted as long as I wasn’t interested in expressing anything. The next time something happened, I posted. I don’t regret it. Looking back over statuses from nearly two years ago, I still feel the genuine joy or frustration I had when I posted them. More touching are the hopes and ambitions I had, and how many have been realized less than two years later.

A social network is for the benefit of your community, to enlighten and encourage, but find a journal or an obscure Internet realm to record spur-of-the-moment ideas. One day those fantasies will come true.

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