What I love about social media

I remember the moment when I was about to hit the ‘share publicly’ button for the first time in my life. I felt butterflies in my stomach. I felt terrified. I thought: Now everybody’s going to see my post. What if I’ve made some mistakes in it? What it if someone finds it awkward and irritating? Well, I finally hit the button and waited. Nothing really huge happened but something did happen. I stepped out of my comfort zone.

What I love about social media is the fact that when there’s something on your mind you just say it and people have the choice to listen or ignore you. I also like the fact that social media make you think twice before you ‘utter’ the words because you never know who’s listening or reading, and it’s difficult to take your words back. I’m an impatient and a quick-tempered person so this is a good exercise for me. I’m also self-conscious and I care about what people think. But being too self-conscious is not good because it can sometimes prevent you from doing good things. Social media help me gradually become aware of the fact that I CAN achieve good things and share them with others.

I feel that participating in social media is like having your second identity and as this second identity grows more and more confident, the first identity starts to believe in itself as well. I know…it’s dangerous to become overconfident but mind you, people on Twitter or Facebook won’t let you boast or patronize because they have the choice to ignore you.
What I love about blogging is the fact that while you go public you stay partially anonymous; you can concentrate on what you are writing and you don’t have to focus on what you are wearing at the moment or what facial expressions you are making. Of course, if you want to take a step further you can record your voice and make a short video of you speaking, which is a BIG step for somebody who’s just stepped out of their comfort zone. I believe this takes a lot of courage; so my admiration for those who have already gone through that stage! 🙂
And one more point to conclude with; some say that social media are rather superficial. But is it really a bad thing that somebody reads your post just because they are trying to be nice to you? Is it really bad if they try to support you with a few positive comments because they know what it feels like to be a newcomer? Is it bad that they read your posts because they want you to read theirs? Yes, it is ….. provided that politeness, support and communication are bad things too….

 
 
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About Hana Tichá

I'm an EFL teacher based in the Czech Republic. I've been teaching English to learners of all ages for more than 20 years. I love metaphors and inspiring discussions concerning teaching, learning and linguistics.
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4 Responses to What I love about social media

  1. Theodora Pap says:

    Nobody reads your posts only to return their favor! People read because they are interested in what you have to say!! We all have to give something. Some people are more extroverted than others and that's why you see them presenting themselves with ease! I believe we all have to gain from social media as long as we use them correctly!

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  2. Technology has transformed our lives. With social media we have so many choices about what to read and comment on. Our time is valuable. We have so much to participate in and a lot of it is helpful and meaningful. What drives our choices is our community. Part of community is communication and developing relationships with those in the community.

    I don't think people share their time to be nice but rather that they see a person as a valuable member of their community and they want to learn more about that person and continue a conversation or continue to see that person participate in that community because they enjoy their presence. Part of belonging to a community is listening to each other and giving feedback. We get to know each other more that way.

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  3. Hana Tichá says:

    Thanks Theodora. I totally agree with you. I just need to get more confidence in order to believe that I have something to say.

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  4. Hana Tichá says:

    Exactly. What I meant is that it's great that someone's listening even though they are busy accomplishing their own goals and fighting their own battles.

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