I’ve been thinking about the world’s obsession with social media and why it holds such a fascination for most of us. I suppose the operative word is ‘media’; be honest, every time you write something on a blog or on Twitter don’t you hope that someone famous will retweet or that the post will go viral? Don’t you secretly hope that your words of wisdom will end up being quoted world wide? It’s not something you want to confess to anyone else but it’s there isn’t it, the desire for fame and fortune?
The question is why do we want to be famous (why we want to be rich is pretty obvious)? Apparently many humans have a very basic desire which drives them and it’s the need for significance, the feeling that they are special. There’s nothing wrong with that, it’s a facet of human nature to feel lifted by praise or interest from others in our lives or the things that we are doing. However, getting a retweet from someone famous is a little bit different from being famous……..can you imagine not being able to go anywhere for fear of some paparazzi shoving a camera up your nose? Can you imagine your every move and every word being under scrutiny from the press and your fans. Putting on a couple of pounds could put your photo in the pages of a magazine with comments about how you’ve let yourself go. Lose those couple of pounds and your photo could be in a different magazine with questions about whether you have an eating disorder.
Imagine if you have a bad hair day or you come down with a cold – you just wouldn’t want to go out! Those are just ordinary days too. Imagine if you have some big event that will put you on the World’s stage, knowing that your dress choice, your hairstyle, your jewellery and every word that you speak will be criticised by someone, somewhere. Let’s face it, people saying nice things about other people does not sell newspapers, magazines or reality TV shows. You could be the nicest, kindest person in the world but you will always run the risk of being targeted by the gossip and scandal mongers – look at Cliff Richard!
No, I think it’s safer to enjoy life doing what I want to do without worrying about my hair or makeup, what I’m wearing, what I say and whether or not an embarrassing photo of me will end up in tomorrow’s daily newspapers. In view of that please ignore everything that I’ve written here and go and see what the mega stars are up to :O)