1. I like your thoughts on Pinterest and Instagram. What’s your opinion on Reddit?
I think Reddit is a lot like Instagram. But its culture is dramatically different, and that probably lends itself to so many factors from the level of anonymity to the primary medium used for Reddit. It just has a different culture… I don’t spend nearly as much time on Reddit as I do on Instagram, though. What’s your take?
2. Facebook allows people to reveal their unfiltered thoughts too. Socially awkward people can contribute any thought at any point of time to anyone in a conversation that took place several minutes ago.
Oh, absolutely. It’s not just socially awkward people, but more so, introverts. I am a fairly classic introvert (though, anyone who has met me in person would be shocked to hear this; let’s just say I became a really good code switcher for both, good and bad reasons… I’ll save this for another digression), and I thrive on interacting through social media.
This relaxation of real world rules such as social hierarchy and timing adds an interesting dimension to conversation. It helps some people actually realize and express their true selves, something they are unable to do in real life.
This is a compelling view. I’ve heard it before, and I’ve read some about it. I’d love to more on it. Why is it better? Why is it worse?
Social networks needn’t necessarily mimic the real world contexts. Maybe that’s why people like it so much.
All in all, this is a very stimulating article.
Or hate it. But I’m totally with you. The Internet is, in many ways, a better version of reality, and in others, not so much. I am not saying anything new here, but it’s certainly stimulating to think about it. Thanks for the insights.