How many times do you wake up in the morning and reach for your phone, checking social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter? You get reading and liking, slowly waking up your brain for the long day ahead of you. Might as well start it off by liking that person’s cat picture.
Facebook lets us be “friends” with those weird aunts and uncles that we met at a family reunion ten years ago, allowing us to see the hundreds of pictures of their dog and children that they upload often. We can message our roommate in the next room over, asking them to bring you food because you are too lazy to move. We are able post comments on others status update or picture. These are all obvious ways to communicate, but we forget that “liking” and “sharing” things also shows how and what we communicate. By liking someone’s picture, we are showing that we are supporting that particular thing or image, without having to call them up and telling them we like it. Cause that would be just weird.
There is no better way to get out of an awkward situation than to check Facebook on your phone. Actually, we check it almost constantly. “I usually just use it while waiting in line for something,” Miguel Jimenez explains. Facebook is an amazing way to keep in contact with family and that one person from elementary school that grew up to be hot. But what happens when you go without it? Have you ever left your phone somewhere, and felt completely naked? And you begin to get those “phantom vibrations” and immediately reached for it? You feel completely isolated without knowing what is happening on your feed, or who liked your most recent selfie.
You just uploaded the cutest picture of yourself you have ever taken. You want everyone to see it and appreciate the amount of time you spent getting that perfect angle and lighting. An hour passes and you only get half of what you expected. What the heck happened? You immediately jump to the conclusion that something with the picture wasn’t right, your face, your clothes, you in general. You see that someone else posted a picture and they got more likes than you. Your self-confidence drops. This happens to everyone. No matter what you look like or what you post, you feel as though you didn’t get the response you deserve. “If I get a message or something, and I can’t get on to see it, I feel really weird. Like I am missing something,” Necia Savage.