I am not on any social networks, there I said it! I remember it like yesterday when Facebook hit South Africa by storm. I had just started tertiary and everyone, I mean e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e was abuzz about poking, tagging and seeing whoever whoever’s profile (a once foreign concept to me). Friends would encourage, persuade and even threaten each other that if they do not join they wouldn’t be considered relevant anymore. People would crumble and when they were members they would in turn persuade others. I’ve heard it so many times “Ek se, I’ll halla at you on Facebook” or wait, even better “what’s your profile name” and when you say “I don’t have Facebook,” they give you that shocked nerdy look. “You’re not on Facebook or Twitter, what do you mean?” Exactly that, I’m not on any of them. The faces that fall in confusion!
So here’s my thing, I’m not against social networking but I guess I’m just really old school, even though I’m 22 in this technologically advanced world. Seems like I’m procrastinating and closing down a different, faster paced world but I really don’t see the point for NOW. When I want to speak to a friend for whatever reason I will either call, SMS or even email them and if I don’t do neither I don’t consider them a friend at all. But everything else I don’t do. I once read that social networks give you the ability to switch off when you don’t want to reply to the world as you can lose yourself in the persona you have created. Funny how someone can ask you a question and you ignore them yet an hour later you update your status. That statement right there changed me.
I once gave into temptation and joined FB and Twitter (which didn’t last very long). People become highly opinionated; some mock others just to make themselves feel better. Others thrive on the drama, chaos and escapism. On the upside, I was in contact with friends from primary and high school, which was great but I soon realised this was not for me and I deleted my profile. Maybe the real reason I’m not on any social networks is because I’m not the thick-skinned young lady I thought I was as people can be brutal on these platforms… Oh well, either way I’m happy without it all.