Adam Chapman

Deleting Social Media Doesn’t Make You A Transcendent Superbeing

Hi guys and girls.  

Sorry it’s been a while since I posted here on The Bickering Press, new job has been taking up a lot of my time recently, however this one I felt couldn’t be contained much longer. 

Recently I’ve seen a string of people announcing that they’re deleting social media. A new life beckons, now they shall release the inner power they knew they had all along without the shackles of social media weighing them down. Now they can finally be their true selves, right? 

Apart from the laughably funny irony of the fact they feel the need to announce this ON social media, I just don’t fully understand why people seem to feel this is somehow a great life-changing moment in their lives.

The thing that is quite comical is that in the months, weeks or even days following these announcements,  I’ve witnessed the same people popping up again to show pictures of their cat or lunch, share something about politics or ask for recommendations of good hairdressers in their area. 

Social media does get a bit of a bad rap, what with fake news, Russian bots, casual racism and time-wasting scrolling being the main attributes of it in 2018.

That’s all true, but social media, like it or not, is actually one of the most useful ways to keep in touch with people all around the globe. It’s pretty bloody convenient. I like seeing what my mates in China, Australia or even Ipswich are up to. Sue me. 

If you don’t want to post on social media, fair play, don’t, in all fairness you’re not exactly going to be missed all that much as most peoples’ posts just get lost in the chasm that are timelines. That’s pretty much deleting social media, it’s the same effect to everyone else. What you’re doing by deleting your profile is making it a lot harder for anyone to share information with you, create group chats about upcoming events or even just get in touch on the off when they see that green little circle next to your name.

To announce it to the virtual world that you are breaking free, “logging off” so you can experience the REAL world, give me a fucking break. Just go do that anyway, you don’t HAVE to check your Facebook/Twitter/Instagram if you don’t want to. Have some willpower for god’s sake.

This isn’t one small step for man, one huge leap for a pretentious wanker, this is you making a mountain out of a molehill (something I’m fully aware I’m doing by writing this).

It’s the smugness I can’t stand, like they’ve done something brave, it’s the same smile you see people have when they tell you they’ve stopped eating meat. If you don’t want a burger fine, don’t have one, but I’m going to enjoy mine. 

It’s the attitude of “Well everyone wants to do it but I’ve done it now and I’m a better person than you because I’ve done it”. 

Honestly, I don’t care that you’ve done it, I get more annoyed at the big song and dance surrounding something that in the big scheme of things is really not that important. 

In my mind, it’s the epitome of the vile, self-aggrandising feeling of self-importance that so many people suffer from in the modern age. 

Some people (myself included) enjoy social media, it may be a way to relax after a stressful day. It doesn’t mean they’re becoming addicted to slow dripping drug that is content feeds, it doesn’t mean that they’re in the grips of corporate companies bleeding them dry of true character and it certainly doesn’t mean they’re below you. 

What else are you actually going to do with your time? Watch a film? Go on a walk? Listen to music? What can you honestly do on a Tuesday night that is so impressive and can’t be done if you have a profile on social media?

Whatever it is, please let me know because then I can congratulate you on your upcoming role in the next Marvel film with your new found superpowers.

Next time you decide to leave social media for the 25th time this year, just do it, none of this boy who cried wolf bullshit.