Social Networking or Social Awkwardness?

“It’s not official until it’s on Facebook.” That statement is somewhat, semi-, kinda true.

Social networking has been the “grapevine” of this generation. Information is so visible—we know whose birthday it is, who’s in a “complicated” relationship, and where everyone is by simply logging into our social network accounts.

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But is it social networking or social awkwardness? It’s both. Evidently, the Internet can be used as an efficient tool to communicate. But what are we exactly communicating? Our Internet alter egos or personas? I find myself hanging out with friends and at least one has to take a photo or “check-in” to show the world we are having the time of our lives.

This past year I have run into a few friends whom I talk to or follow on several social networks at school. They usually completely avoid me in person and when I eagerly went over to them to strike up a conversation, I was shot down with one of those conversation stoppers: “Hi.” “Yeah.” “Gotta go.” Is this what conversations have come to? I mean, it is always convenient to converse and even argue behind a computer screen. But social networks never convey facial expressions and body language.

I’m old-fashioned and would rather have a genuine conversation in person than none at all.

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Hi, I’m Atziri and I’m addicted to Pinterest.

We all know that Pinterest has grown bigger than Kanye West’s ego, but what is this site about? Well, it’s a website that allows users to create and manage thematic boards filled with random things they like. I acknowledge the fact that Pinterest has gotten a rep for being a “chick” site, but I think there’s something in it for everyone. It’s also become quite addictive to many users, including myself. I spend more time on Pinterest than I do on Facebook and Twitter combined.

Pinterest is like playing “I spy” and pinning all the cool things you see. There is a never-ending inventory of images from food to travel, fitness, fashion, crafts… and the list goes on. Like, repin, or comment— the choice is yours. I personally focus on fashion, as I’m sure many women do. It’s a great place to keep up with new trends like high-low hemlines, color blocking, exposed zippers, and cut outs. Whether your style is Katy Perry neon, Lauren Conrad chic, or Mrs. Doubtfire vintage, you’ll find something to pin to your unique board.

Do you have a Pinterest account? What do you like about it? Should more men follow this site?