I’ll fully admit it: I don’t understand the complete and all-consuming fascination with social media. It can be a great tool for networking and it definitely aids in the sharing of information, but I promise you all, nobody cares to see a photo of your salad and how yummy it is when you go out to a restaurant.
Of all the social media trends, the most-absurd might be the ceaseless stream of selfies making their way across peoples’ feeds. While men are certainly guilty of this fad, too, women appear to be the main selfie-takers in society.
Ladies, it has got to stop or, at the very least, slow considerably.
The quest to document the “good time” someone is having at time appears to be overtaking the event itself. Go to a pub and look around. People will be more interested in documenting their craft beer than actually drinking it. People will be trying to snap the “perfect” group selfie rather than engaging in conversation.
To illustrate this point, a group of baseball announcers recently focused on a group of sorority girls at a baseball game who spent much of the time snapping selfies instead of enjoying the game.
As the Arizona Diamondbacks played the Colorado Rockies, the MLB camera honed-in on a group of sorority sisters who snapped photo after photo after photo of themselves in their seats, never really paying any attention to the game.
The girls did everything a selfie-taker does. They pressed their lips out, they tilted their head, they gabbed about the selfie and finally, the announcers just had to offer their commentary.
“Do you have to make faces when you take selfies?” One of the announcers asked regarding the Alpha Chi sorority sisters from Arizona State University as they made duck-faces.
“Look at the one on the right!” the other commentator stated as a girl made an odd face. “Oh! One more!”
“Better angle,” one said. “Oh, check it, did that come out ok?” he added as they checked their selfie.
“That’s the best one of the 300 pictures I’ve taken of myself today!” joked one of the announcers.
After the girls failed to look towards the game for even a moment, an announcer noted, “Every girl in the picture is locked into her phone. Every single one is dialed in.”
“Welcome to parenting in 2015!” he ribbed, adding, “They’re all just completely transfixed by the technology.”
Soon, the girls started incorporating props into their slightly-obnoxious photoshoot.
“Hold on, gotta take a selfie with the hotdog,” an announcer teased.
“Here’s my first bite of the churro. Here’s my second bite of the churro,” the announcer narrated as they continued with their prop-based photoshoot.
“You know, the beauty of baseball is that you can sit next to your neighbor and have a conversation. Or, you can just completely ignore them!” said an announcer.
Second later, a Rockies player hit a single and, of course, the girls did not even notice.
“And nobody noticed…” the announcer noted.
The girls posted their selfies on a variety of social media sites and the Diamondbacks offered the girls tickets to Thursday night’s game. However, the sorority donated the tickets to charity and offered their thanks for the tickets.
The Diamondbacks won 3-1.
Listen, when you’re at a ballgame, feel free to check your email. Send a text. Wikipedia your favorite player. Having a good time? Snap a couple picture to remember the day. Go ahead! However, just as a beer or two is a welcomed part of the baseball experience, having 25 of them is absurd and likely to rob you of the experience of the ballgame.
Similarly, a selfie or two is fine, but remember why you’re there: to enjoy the ballgame, not to merely document over and over again that you were there.
These are likely fine young women and they are welcomed to enjoy the game any way they choose. However, this experience does shine a light on the vapid nature of modern technology and the culture that surrounds it.
Are we so tethered to our electronics that we cannot enjoy our nation’s pastime? Can we not enjoy a dog and a beer at a game with friends without disconnecting from reality to formulate an online perception?
Further, what kind of narcissist believes that people are interested in not knowing their every thought and action, but that people wish to see 20 selfies all taken at the same event?