Monday, February 13, 2012

Choose Wisely

Dear Mendelson and Papacharissi,

I found your article to reflect a lot of the things I have felt for awhile now. To put it bluntly, the people that have thousands of useless and random pictures of themselves on Facebook tend to be "attention whores." It is a daily occurrence for girls that I am friends with to post pictures of themselves with a cliche caption like 'au natural' or 'just got out of the shower.' The content of the picture will then be the girl with very little or no makeup at all. I find it extremely hard to believe that any girl with a shred of self-consciousness would post a picture of herself with no makeup on unless she was confident that she still looks good. Sure enough, in flood the positive comments about how pretty she still looks with no makeup, and her ego inflates even more than it is. And just to be clear, the same can be said for males. It was written that kids on Facebook tend to, "emphasize certain characteristics, through dress, hairstyle, behavior, and/or speech, while hiding or diminishing other characteristics perceived as flawed." I find this to be true for the most part. The rule of thumb on Facebook is to tag yourself in favorable pictures, and untag yourself in embarrassing ones. I see this to be the case most of the time, and even find myself laughing at the irony of some of it. When I know the true personality of someone, it is interesting to be which pictures they choose to have themselves tagged in. Like the study showed, it is usually only the pictures where the girls look pretty, or where the males' muscles are bulging. On rare occasion, people will tag themselves in any and all pictures, expressing who they really are. It doesn't matter if they have puke on their shirt or are passed out face-deep in the toilet, they put it on Facebook.

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