I wonder how much more guilt people feel because of social media. I also wonder how much the faux familiarity of social media incentivizes people to become scolds on various platforms.
I took a few days off with my family over the Memorial Day weekend. It is the official start of summer, but with the rise of social media from Instagram to Facebook, etc. more and more people get to connect to and be reminded of the actual meaning of the holiday.
At the same time, it has become the unofficial launch of summer with most schools now getting out before then and summer vacations starting.
Concurrent to that are more people who post on social media about participation in local events honoring the fallen, reminders that it is not Barbecue Day, etc.
I do wonder how many people feel guilty as a result.
My family spent the day together tubing down a river, something we had never done before. We didn’t attend parties or parades or even do a barbecue. We just enjoyed each other’s company and time away from work. We did what most people do.
But some on social media now suggest that if you don’t engage in various holidays, including Memorial Day, in certain ways you aren’t doing it right.
I think it goes along with the study that the more hipsters try to look unique and individual the more they look the same. The more we get on social media, the more the scolds and guilt enforcers expect you to do certain things.
I appreciate our servicemen and women. I appreciate their sacrifice. I also appreciate spending a quiet weekend in the mountains with my family and not feeling the need to post pictures of parades, remembrance services, and cemeteries.
And yes, the impetus of this post is a scold on Instagram who wanted to know why I did not post a picture of my family visiting a cemetery over the weekend. I did not because we did not. You don’t have to follow me, but I do appreciate living so freely in people’s heads that they pay attention to such things.