Many young people tweet all of their waking hours -- could this obsessive activity be holding them back from achievement?
As a self-proclaimed social media observer, I spend about an hour of my day searching social media sites for trends, interesting topics and conversations. In other words I'm a proud "Twatcher" (hey, if you don't want the public to know what you're tweeting about you shouldn't be publicly tweeting!)
While twatching I frequently find myself right in the middle of what they call #BlackTwitter .
On Black Twitter you can see all types of personalities, from the wannabe online comedians who would say just about anything for a LOL, to young women squeezing their boobs together to see how many compliments and retweets they can get. Of course you have the bloggers and social media gurus who are putting out good information and having important discussions, but their representation on Black Twitter is less conspicuous.
The first thing I've observed is that these tweeters, mostly young people under 25, are putting all of their business out on Front Street for the world to see. It's like a train wreck. If anyone ever wanted a view into the dysfunction in the black community USA, all they would have to do is pull up a chair and visit the Black Twitter hashtag (and I'm sure they already do).
But even more important than what others think of blacks is the the second thing I've observed: a lot of black twitterers tweet ALL DAY LONG. ALL... DAY... LONG. They tweet when they wake up, brush their teeth (twitpic the toothpaste), eat breakfast (twitpic the eggs), get into an argument with a family member, joke on other twitterers, eat lunch, drive in the car (twitpic the street sign on their favorite corner), eat dinner, watch a show on tv, eat a late night snack (twitpic), right up until they lay their head on the pillow and go to sleep. They probably are updating in their dreams too!
Some even tweet about their adventures in the club, WHILE in the club:
"Just took a shot... I can feel the liquid dripping down my throat!"
"Somebody fightin' (TWITPIC/VINE)!
"Ew this girl is ugly, I'm still gonna feel on her booty tho!"
Yes, it's gotten to the point where some can't even enjoy other people in real life without tweeting or Facebooking about it.
These young people also may not realize that their social media tweets are being archived in Library of Congress records forever, which means that when they're 40 years old and trying to find employment their prospective boss may still be able to find the Twitpic they took of their face pushed up next to their boobs or the joke they posted about how black women "don't deserve no respect" (good luck explaining that to the black lady who works in human resources!).
Ask Yourself Some Questions
YES! I realize this blog post is a bit judgy, but my purpose is not to shame people for their tweeting habits -- Twitter is a great networking tool and it's each person's business how they choose to use it.
I'm posting this topic to hopefully snap some bright young person out of it before she or he literally gets sucked into the matrix.
Questions to Ask Yourself:
1) Is Twitter making you any money? The only way I could justify making 100+ tweets each day is if I were getting paid to do so!
2) Do you want more out of life? A better job, more pay, to start a business or to pursue your art? What are you passionate about?
3) How can you be effectively pursuing your dreams or goals if the very first thought you have every day is what you're going to tweet about?
4) How can you fit much else into your life if you spend every hour of your day, EVERY day, tweeting or Facebooking? Time is our most valuable asset.
5) When was the last time you read a book or listened to an audio book about how to motivate yourself, achieve your dreams or become a more enlightened person?
This post may ruffle some feathers, but that's OK. I think it's worth talking about if the progress of much of the young black community is at stake. Social media is amazing, I love it, but it can also be an addictive distraction that takes people off their path in life.
I'm off my soap box, but I think it's important for parents/influencers of young people (millenials and teens) to talk to them about these things. It may seem like simple innocent fun now, but in the long term what will Twitter or Facebook do for these young people?
Question for the comments: what does the future of the average chronic Tweeter look like?