SOCIAL media has become the centre of most people’s lives, but it wasn’t until now that I realised just how impersonal it has made some of life’s biggest moments.
This week, some friends of mine very wonderfully announced they were engaged and, like most, they were, no doubt, itching to get the word out to all their family and friends.
For a few years now I have increasingly seen a rise in Facebook announcement posts – you know, those very elaborate posts involving dogs, children and some sort of signage declaring pregnancies, engagements, or the purchase of a new home.
These announcement posts are very heart-warming, and often very well thought out.
However, I question whether, prior to these announcements, the poster’s closest friends and family were given a heads-up.
Or, were they caught completely off-guard when receiving a Snapchat at 8am in the morning, to say ‘we’re engaged’? Yes, that’s right, my close friends announced their engagement over Snapchat
– the smartphone application that allows users to send photos that disappear 10 seconds after they’ve been received.
I am not criticising my friends for their choice because, well, each to their own.
But, I do feel, with the rise of social media, that at times we think it necessary to notify each other as quickly as possible regarding big announcements, and forget how impersonal it makes the whole experience.
I certainly don’t think it is strange to announce a milestone occasion over social media, but I do think that there is still a place for friends and loved ones to find out in person, over the phone or, at least, a personal text message.
Having said that, I’m sure the announcement won’t make any difference to my friends’ lives, or any others who opt for a snappy announcement.
Then, again, what do I know?
I am yet to be engaged, but when I am my close friends and family will certainly be the first to know, but how I will do that they will just have to wait and see.
Until next week, keep your glasses full.