Leave Them Behind: 10 Things to Avoid on Social Media in 2013

In 2013, we will see the usual flux of New Year’s resolutionists declaring that THIS will be their year. They will talk about the change that will occur in their lives and how they will #BeTheBetter. While I have my own take on resolutions, I will agree that with a new year, some things should be left behind. 2012 had its ups and downs, and gave us a lot of potent comical fodder, especially on social media. Sometimes, however, you can have “too much of a good thing.”  That said, here is the SBM list of 10 things we’d like to only see if we hopped in a Delorean to 2012:

The “Keep Calm” Memes

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The “Keep Calm” memes were cool for the whole Olympics run. The first ones were actually funny. After a while, they became forced and quite corny. We can never have nice things, and memes are no different. These were cool, but let’s be more creative in 2013.

Worrying About Other People’s Pockets

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If there’s one thing I HATE about Twitter, it’s the constant debates over how people should spend their money. There’s a new iPhone released, or the latest pair of Jordans, and people begin ranting. Suddenly, Twitter people turn into Gordon Gecko and want to front like they have billions in the stock market. They want you to invest your money, or wonder whether you are as focused on Jordans as [insert any current political topic]. Everyone has vices, and everyone chooses to spend their money differently. If I have the means to pay all my bills and also spend money on things I WANT, who are you to tell me how to spend my dollars? Jokes are one thing, but some folks are extremely pressed for nothing. Get your money up in 2013 and worry less about the next (wo)man’s portfolio.

Live Tweeting Life

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I understand that you get excited when you go to a party or event and want your social media following to experience it, but what ever happened to the experience itself. The best memories are those we actually have to remember after they occur. To document every waking moment of a party or gathering makes me wonder whether you are actually enjoying yourself. Put the phone away and party up for a minute! It boggled my mind to see people live tweeting New Year’s Eve parties. I was lucky I could formulate coherent words, let alone send out multiple tweets! I had fun WITHIN the moment, as you should. It’s not like we’re watching our favorite show together, it’s life. Go live! While I’m on the subject, if you’re going to go to an event to act too cool to dance or party, stay home!

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  • Dr. J

    I'm totally with most of this list. I want to point out that SBM hasn't been analyzing the plight of Black women for some time now… or at least I haven't. If we were talking about a more general list of 10 things we should leave behind, i'd have to say avoid this:

    me: I think that when I look for a woman, I look for a woman who will reduce stress in my life.
    woman: YOU SAYING YOU WANT A WOMAN TO LEAVE YOU THE HELL ALONE?!
    me: …. who said that?

    My thoughts are that while people need to stop blogging about the plight of Black women, women also have to stop being so defensive. A lot of times I see conversations in real life and on the Internet turn into an analysis of the Plight of Black Women just because somebody took something the wrong way and ran with it. We all got to ask these questions when exchanging in discourse…

    1) Could I be taking this the wrong way?
    2) Why would this person be offending me?
    3) Do I need to ask a question for clarity before responding?

    • Streetz

      YUP!

    • BlueSteele

      "me: …. who said that?"

      #dead but true
      #browniepoints

  • FlyyLibrarian

    Great list.

    Might I add #teamnatura l. I'm all for the natural hair movement (power to the people, do you boo boo, all that). However, "going natural" is nothing new. Everyone is doing it. Announcing that you are doing "the big chop", documenting hair growth, updos, braid/twist outs, protective styles, month by month week by week….its no longer a new phenomenon. For those who have been natural for years, to us you just look like a follower. Chill out.

    • Shay2124

      …natural for years and those who have ALWAYS been natural…it's just hair. Soooo not a big deal.

  • cynicaloptmst81

    1. Pics of men in skinny jeans (replace them with straight legs)
    2. The #s game
    3. Watching/liking p*rn via Facebook (really? you want all of your friends, fam, and co-workers to know what you're watching, huh? well alright…)
    4. Bathroom mirror pics
    5. "it's complicated" (…the ham sandwich are you even saying for real?????)

    • Streetz

      YES THE #s GAME NEEDS TO GO!! MAD I FORGOT THIS!!!!

    • BlueSteele

      Grown men with thighs small enough to comfortably fit skinny jeans will indefinitely get the stank face from me! I'm a petite woman and I can't stand skinny jeans sometimes, wth are you doing with those on sir?

  • http://glippost.wordpress.com Darrk Gable

    Most of the list is straight. My addendum (though it’ll never happen):

    -people taking opinions as fact.
    -people not respecting another’s perspective. The lack of decorum in social media is getting ridiculous.

  • morganthewriter

    I agree with most of what you have here. Some of them I don't mind, though, but hey, if you guys over at SBM don't like them, that's cool.
    My recent post Why I’ve Fallen Out of Love With Organized Christianity

    • Streetz

      Hey Morgan,

      This list is mostly in jest, not serious at all. Its just some of these things got ran into the ground and Im like "we need a BREAK!" lol…

      I wont lie, the ___ be like Meme as one of my favs lmao

  • MaggK

    I totally agree about the word classic! Even if i did say "Good Kid M.a.a.d City, is a classic and that I'm sure my unborn chlidren will love it!!!" But it's just to make it clear that i absolutely LOVE that album; and that i can't stop listening to it; and that i so won't stop, even my future children will listen to it and be forced to love it… The word classic is just big ass LOVE :D !

    Happy new year everybody!!

  • BlueSteele

    I'd like to add social media thugging. It's very easy to show your a** behind a QWERTY mask. If you'd refrain from saying your peace in person, think twice about typing it.