Social media has been and will continue to be the wave of the future.
I can remember a day (don't be making fun, now) when no one had cell phone. When everyone started getting them, I for one did not see the need. Then I got a cell phone. It was mainly to keep in touch with my kids and to have a way to call for help in the case of an emergency, especially when traveling. Down the road I decided that absolutely no way did I need a smart phone. All I needed was a dumb phone and it did everything I required of it, which was not much. Then somewhere else down the road, I don't remember exactly how or when or where it happened, I surrendered to my first smart phone. I see now why they call them that. It is like having a mini computer at your service in your hand all day long. Do you need to carry on a short conversation by text when you don't have time for a lengthy call or just want to highlight the basics of meeting up with someone or see how they're doing? The smart phone is your friend. You can text with most phones now if you have a minimal data plan, but you can't access fun apps like Emoticons. Those little smiley faces make my day! Do you want to go on the internet and look something up -- say, directions, an event such as a movie or live theatre, a restaurant, even the meaning of life? Thank you, my sweet and helpful secretary, Smart Phone. How about keeping every single thing in your life organized by date and event and having alerts to remind you of those dates and events? The smart phone has unfortunately become my most coveted daily companion. I take her (or him--don't know which) with me everywhere I go. Even on my walks, because he (in his great love for me) keeps track of how many steps I take in a day. It's a little bit scary how dependant I've become on my smart phone. If you want to go completely off the grid, don't -- I repeat don't -- take your smart phone. Even though I am nowhere nearly as agile as most people when it comes to maneuvering my smart phone and downloading the apps that will benefit me most, I find that my present-day 21st century life is made much more efficient, and I am daily finding new ways for my smart phone and its many applications to make life easier. I have always been a PC kind of a girl, but my smart phone of choice is the iphone. Ever since I became a smart phone user, the iphone has hands down been the easiest to operate and clearly is user-friendly for the electronic-illiterate such as myself. This is not a plug for Apple, just trying to keep it real here (you can thank me later, Apple).
Early on in my quest to become smart phone literate, I stumbled upon Instagram. I think my daughter introduced me to it, and I fell instantly in love. Because of being a photographer and my love for taking and editing photos, I am able to do that very thing straight from my phone -- take and edit pictures -- and immediately post them to a stream that is connected with others of like interest. Unlike Facebook and Twitter (sorry, guys) where people constantly update you on everything in their life with play-by-play commentary or choose to vent their deepest aggressions (you know that's a pet peeve of mine), Instagram is much gentler, more uplifting. Most people post short, inspiring images with limited captions. One other thing I love about Instragram? You have no connection with friends of friends of friends. You choose who you want to follow, and that's it. You follow them, not all of their friends by way of them commenting on a comment that you commented on that you -- well, you know what I mean. Instagram affords me (just like Facebook, but way better) the opportunity to not only follow my family and friends if I choose, but I follow people I will probably never meet personally who inspire me every day with their short, amazingly insightful posts. I follow a girl who shares her unbelievable weight-loss journey. She has lost over 320 pounds and her posts never cease to impress me. Like to travel but, like me, don't get to do it as often as you'd like? I follow an amazing Australian photographer who just happens to be living in Paris at the moment. Talk about motivation...her pictures move me to be a better photographer, and fuel my love of travel (not sure that's a good thing). She reminds me that beautiful images are there for the making, even if you don't live in Paris. And then, of course, I have a couple of celebrities I follow just out of sheer amusement (I love Michael Buble...he's talented, a world-traveler, and hilarious!).
So I truly would like to put in a plug for Instagram. Take a look and see what you think. What I think is you'll really enjoy the short, uplifting, truly I-took-my-time-and-thought-about-it kind of images. Of course, you'll have to be watchful for those who post a hundred million pictures of their kids (I try not to post too many when mine are in town), and those who love their own faces a little too much. But if you do tire of these infractions, just mosey on over to your profile page and click "don't follow." It's that simple. Keep it short and sweet, people!
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