What’s on your mind?
Currently, this is the writing prompt that Facebook offers its users in regards to status updates.
What’s on my mind?
Well, I just finished my paper—perhaps the most torturous and poorly-written paper of my college career. I can’t tell if the grumbling at the pit of my stomach is a result of the disgust I have for my paper or hunger. My roommate is sleeping—a light snore from behind—a reminder that I will get minimal rest tonight. This morning? It’s that awkward period of time that is too late to be night but too early to be morning…
This, what I have just written, is what’s really on my mind. However, I am not going to go and pour my stream of consciousness into the newsfeeds of my five hundred-plus Facebook friends.
You see, while Facebook asks its users, “What’s on your mind?” I ask myself, “If you could say anything to the world right now, what would it be?”
I admit to being a Facebook addict. Facebook gives me the opportunity to deliberately craft an identity. On Facebook, I can present to people the best version of myself. My Facebook identity is by no means fake or fictional. Rather, it features the parts of me that I want people to see, such as my musings and my artwork.
I could tell people about how satisfying my Chipotle meal was or how much I am craving an ice blended drink. Or how I have an unhealthy addiction to the aforementioned ice blended drinks. I could rant to cyberspace about all of the readings that I have to do, the essays that I have to write. I could share every result to every Buzzfeed quiz that I have ever taken.
But I personally do not think any of that says very much about who I am.
Now, I understand that Facebook and social media in general should not be taken all that seriously. However, I also do not believe that it has to be treated as a joke.
Now, I’ll hand it over to you, folks. How do you utilize social media?
Post submitted by JoAnna