Qualman, 5 & 7
I enjoyed chapter 5 in Qualman, it definitely hit home for me. I have used Facebook since February 2008, and it has been a part of my everyday life ever since. I found it enlightening when it noted how a major part of Facebook’s success is its ability to allow its users to “brag, compete, or look cool” without breaking any of the unacceptable social rules of our society. It is frowned upon to brag about oneself openly to others, but with social media outlets, such as Facebook, our page is our own, and if we want to brag a little, it is totally acceptable. Most of us don’t even realize we are doing it! For instance, if I do well at a rodeo or barrel race, I post that as my status. However, in real life I would never walk up to someone and begin a conversation with my recent successes. Ultimately, I believe we enjoy these social media outlets so much because it allows us to break the rules of society and create a totally “look at me” personal page with only the best pictures of ourselves, only what we like, such as activities, quotes, movies, and books, as well as posting statuses about our beliefs, feelings, and lives that we may never share if no one in the real world asks about it specifically. I have always wondered what it was exactly that made me waste sometimes hours of the day on Facebook, sometimes procrastinating other more important things (such as homework!) in order to do so. I believe Qualman sums it up perfectly. Maybe now with this new outlook I’ll be able make Facebook less of an obsession… maybe!