|Avenue Q warm up - shameful!|
Even on holiday people cannot resist the allure of technology; do I need to see a picture of the view from your hotel? Do I want to see your bikini-clad girlfriend squinting through my computer. Not really, no. There may be a part of me that’s just downright jealous of your lovely time but really I just want you, my cyber friend who I probably haven’t actually spoken to in 8 years, to relax and enjoy your holiday. Post the pictures when you get back if necessary but please switch off and enjoy the view for yourself.
Psychologies magazine had an interesting article in the April 2013 issue exploring why we have this attachment to social media. It discusses the loss of private moments, engagements, childbirth etc and the attention we get for sharing them online. Author, Lucy Beresford says “there is a danger that we end up relying too much on other people and their comments to soothe us and make us feel better.” Does someone writing “OMG jealous!” really make you feel vindicated in your holiday destination choice? And don’t get me started on those folk who put “Some people are scum – you know who you are” or “Amazing news, can’t tell you what though.”