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We started NYSB Instagram in 2015 at the urging of ML.  I resisted, because hey that's what I do, but eventually caved and I kind of like it. More emphasis on pics than words.

Last night I fell down the clickbait rabbit hole on my phone and found some troublesome stuff.  

It seems hard to resist letting your kid do it. Our daughter is on IG (private) and something called Squishy Amino.  We do monitor it closely. Amino seems harmless to me, IG not as much. Most concerned about girls and body image.

The genie is out of the bottle, I don't see any way to go back on social media as a society. Like any powerful tool it can do good or evil. I have to admit I don't understand how you can post the same selfie a 1000 times and get a million followers, even if you are spectacular looking.

Post stories of your experience. I'm not looking for memes and any horrifying pictures and any will be deleted.

Links are ok, I guess, maybe with a warning if they are disturbing or risky.
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Without kids, I can't really comment on Harv's main point. I am pretty active on Facebook, plus hold an admin key my work FB page. Thankfully, a colleague manages it and responds to most of the inane questions. I just chime in from to time and correct his spelling.

What really blows my mind is how asking questions seems to have replaced doing research. This happens in forums as well, but really is popular on Facebook. People seem to prefer to ask an audience of strangers a question that could be easily answered by doing a quick search. Then, when some moron answers with often incorrect information, the OP seems satisfied thanks the responder profusely and carries on. Unbelievable.
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Like Sick Bird Rider I have no kids so not much help there.

I did give up on FB about 4 years ago. I just couldn't take the drama anymore. I would get people asking me why I didn't accept their friend request and stooopid shit like that. Geesh, I don't miss that.

I am on IG. I like it because as Harv said it's mainly all about pics and a quick caption. I do have a private account cause there are just too many freaks out there. And I don't post selfies . Some I follow that are on here are NYSB, RA, and Broski.

Unfortunately, like Harv, I think this "stuff" is here to stay. For some these social outlets it seems to consume them and that can't be healthy no matter what it is.

I still like talking on the phone to my friends, that too is lost. Buddy of mine called the other day and said, "Hey I git this new app on my phone called a phone and decided to use it" ---- LOL
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I originally  got on Instagram solely to monitor my kids’ behavior on there but it’s a futile effort. With all the various messaging apps, multiple IDs and everything else, it’s extremely hard to know if you’re seeing everything. I’ve given up and put my effort into interrogating them face to face on a regular basis. On the other hand if I got the scent of them being involved in any really bad shit, I would go full surveillance state on them- spying software, key stroke recorders, the whole nine yards. “Look Junior! I got a deal on a brand new iPhone 11! You want it?”

At this point I enjoy Instagram way more then Facebook for all the reasons you guys mentioned. SBR’s Point about people preferring to ask a crowd of random strangers questions rather then do their own research is spot on. I joined a bunch of local parents groups based on our town, schools etc... I’m constantly amazed by the dumb crap people post on there. It’s the height of laziness.
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. People seem to prefer to ask an audience of strangers a question that could be easily answered by doing a quick search. Then, when some moron answers with often incorrect information, the OP seems satisfied thanks the responder profusely and carries on. Unbelievable.
I think you answered your own concern.

The reason that people ask questions is that there are a lot of morons out there with incorrect information, and they don't know what information to trust. So asking a question and getting a dialogue is the best they can hope for.

Even if someone is completely wrong, it might be helpful to see it from another side or to see other people smack down the wrong info and give the reasoning behind the smackdown.
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Like Brownski, I originally got Instagram (my first social media app) in 2013 because my daughter was pulling the “everybody has it except me” thing. So I got it to check it out and it happened to be right before we took a cross country road trip.  Instagram turned out to be a perfect visual travelogue. When we got back from the trip we let her get it. She is now a freshman in college and now barely uses Instagram (probably because so many of her “old” relatives are on it) and has moved on to snap, tik tok, and who tf knows what all else to communicate with peers. (As we all would at 18)

I like that you cannot post links, except in your bio.  I do pine for the early days when every 4th post in my feed wasn’t an ad.  And since I mostly follow people my own age (as well as corporate type accounts) it tends not to be heavy on selfies.

It comes in handy for meme battles with Johnny.

Also, I think sooooo many people don’t even use a web browser on their phone. Everything is app based. And that’s why lots of people have no research skills and rely on crowd sourcing. And that’s why the anti-vaxx and flat earth society has grown.
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Lots can be figured out with Google.  I like asking stupid? questions  because I like the convo.  I do get the "look it up moron" stuff and I  accept it. Because  hey those people are right.
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.  I do get the "look it up moron" stuff and I  accept it. Because  hey those people are right.
Are they, though?

Like, with charged questions, you can't just Google things. Try to get useful information on, say, IQ differences across races, or the proper taxation level for a country/state/city to have.

Conversation (& "Show and Tell") has been the basis of human interaction for centuries. We *just* got all of the world's information at our fingertips like 10-15 years ago. There are gonna be some hiccups as civilization adjusts to the change.
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MC2 5678F589 wrote
Harvey wrote
.  I do get the "look it up moron" stuff and I  accept it. Because  hey those people are right.
Are they, though?

Like, with charged questions, you can't just Google things. Try to get useful information on, say, IQ differences across races, or the proper taxation level for a country/state/city to have.

Conversation (& "Show and Tell") has been the basis of human interaction for centuries. We *just* got all of the world's information at our fingertips like 10-15 years ago. There are gonna be some hiccups as civilization adjusts to the change.
MC2, I agree with you that some discussion might be useful (and entertaining) in getting an answer to a more complex question, like say "who should I vote for in the next election?" but I am referring to super simple questions like "how much is a camping permit at Jellystone Park?" I am certain that Jellystone Park has a website where they display such information.

I could go on about this, since a big part of my job is answering questions. In my experience, the people who ask the best questions have already done some research. As Brownski pointed out upthread, people who ask dumb questions are just lazy. Or dumb. Or both. Guess what, tourist season is winding down and I am a little tired of answering questions!

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witch hobble wrote
Also, I think sooooo many people don’t even use a web browser on their phone. Everything is app based. And that’s why lots of people have no research skills and rely on crowd sourcing. And that’s why the anti-vaxx and flat earth society has grown.
Probably a tangent, but I think too few people these days get to know the basics of computers and software. I was fortunate to have grown up in the 80s and 90s. Learning basic commands via a command line was just something you had to do. If you wanted to have a web presence, you needed to learn HTML and eventually CSS and PHP. While I foresaw technology eventually becoming easy enough for older people to use without learning the basics, it blew my mind when I realized younger people were not learning the basics and some get to college having primarily relied only on their phone for "computing".

Here is a good one from work... you would not believe how many people do not understand the difference between a Google search and typing in a URL. We utilize short URLs at work for promotions. People will type the short URL into the search bar and not understand why Google or their iPhone do not pull up the page. It is shocking when that happens with a younger person of college age.

Any ways, I have no kids. But if I did, I would think the strategy should be to assume kids are going to get into trouble and try to arm them will skills, tools, and understanding so they can make good judgments more often than not and be able to learn from making mistakes. The trick is not to control too much because then they get to college (I see this every single day at work) and they do not have basic skill sets to function away from home. If you remove their ability to make good decisions when they are younger, you remove their ability to make good decisions when they are older. Easier said from a non-parent than done, I am sure.
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