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Do you know that the world once existed with no social media? I know it doesn’t seem real but it’s true. Phones were landlocked, computers were heavy, and people shared their lives in person, by talking to each other. It was a strange time.
Now, it’s rare that person doesn’t have some kind of social media account. Even the weirdos I know who refuse to have Facebook accounts comment on IMDB message boards or answer questions on Quora, which counts, although they’d vehemently deny it.
Social media is a huge part of our lives, whether we’re cyberstalking our exes, promoting our fabulous lives, or just trying to not feel lonely. Social media is there when we need it and when we don’t. It helps us keep in touch with family, people that we went to school with, ex-coworkers, and old partners.
We call social media a time suck — and it is — but it’s such an enjoyable one. How easy is it to get sucked into the rabbit hole of YouTube videos or get so involved in a comment stream that you lose all track of time?
However, social media isn’t real life, no matter how honest and personal some people may get on there and it’s best not to make any decisions based on your reactions to things. It can get very political and relationships can be tested.
But on the other hand, I’ve seen people rally together to help people in need or to offer comfort. But I sometimes need to remind myself that while someone’s social media presence can get on my nerves, I really like them in real life and that deleting or unfriending them would be a mistake.
You aren’t alone when you have a ton of followers or even a few hundred friends and you can always find your people, even if they're just people who share your love of Harry Potter fan fiction.
Here’s your social media style, according to your zodiac sign.
You post everything, all the time, and on various platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat. You love sharing your adventures, your opinions, and connecting with people. You have to make sure you have your phone with you at all times because you're a multi-tasking sharer and you can't slow down just to update your page. you've got to do it on the run.
It's not difficult for you to go into a rant and end up in a heated discussion. You are a ruler of the threads and regularly get unfriended for your fierce opinions. You like sites like Reddit the best, so you can really get into it. It's not unusual for you to be right in the middle of a Twitter war. Once you take a stand there's no budging you.
You post constantly and are a member of several Facebook groups. It's a good thing that you have an app that supplies you with the political and social commentary posts you need because you're a very busy and popular person. As someone passionately involved in politics and humanitarian causes, you use social media to further your causes and to make your voice heard.
You love keeping social media because it lets you keep an eye on your exes and keeps you connected to people from every point in your life. You like to be home a lot but that doesn't necessarily mean you enjoy being alone. Facebook and Instagram keep you connected. You also enjoy sites like Etsy where you can find art and inspiration from handmade goods.
You and social media are a match made in heaven. You adore posting selfies, pictures of you and your crew doing fun things, or snaps of you and boo gazing at each other in romantic settings. Good thing your look is always on point and you know your angles. Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat are fantastic for your photos and when you need a little positive reinforcement.
You may not post a lot but you hover. You enjoy seeing what other people are doing and saying but you don't always feel comfortable sharing. Since you love learning, it's not unusual for you to watch a ton of YouTube tutorials, even in subjects you have no intention of ever pursuing.
You love social media for its promotional aspects whether it's self-promotion or promoting a project or performance. You use as many as you can from liking everything and taking birthday greetings very seriously on Facebook, to utilizing YouTube to show off your video projects. You make social media all about you and have no remorse about it.
You enjoy sites like Whisper where you can read other people's secrets. You're a very private person and you don't want to share every detail about your life. You have a blog, possibly under a pseudonym, and you follow other people's blogs. You use social media as an information gathering resource, especially if there's someone who has caught your eye. You don't have a ton of friends on Facebook.
You are a child of the world and you prove it on social media. You constantly share travel pics, new friends, exotic foods, and how you're feeling. You don't hold anything back and if others feel your post about the horrible digestive issues you were having in Mexico City is TMI, you feel that you're just being honest.
You begrudgingly have Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram but you're not addicted to them by any stretch of the imagination. You like LinkedIn because of its business aspect and you enjoy sites such as Goodreads because you like feeling superior when you post another book you read that week.
You like the community aspects of social media and use it to further your humanitarian causes. You also like review sites such as Yelp so that you can spout off your opinion about service at a foot massage parlor or what's wrong with the tacos a taco stand.
You post a lot of your art via Facebook and Instagram but you find inspiration on Tumblr and Pinterest. You have been conned by people on Facebook before and are a sucker for every crowd-funding campaign there is, so you try to limit your time on social media. The best, though, is watching your favorite cult movies on YouTube 15 minutes at a time.