I feel a lot of pressure to keep up with the current, popular social media outlets. Although I am not being forced into Clash of titans or Minecraft, I’d argue that Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram are other virtual worlds that I have to maintain an identity with on a consistent basis. I made a twitter about 3 months ago, after being so stubborn, because I realized how it important it was to have a public Twitter account. Twitter has made public figures and celebrities within much “closer” reach than ever imagined. It is easy for an artist to retweet you than to respond to a letter, and getting retweeted means they saw your post and are making some effort to respond to the comment. It feels like a personal decision that is made.
It can be hard at times because twitter is considered my “professional” or “academic” profile, because it is more focused on , so I have to work to filter what I put on there. I feel pressured to spend time on these social media outlets to get my information and to gain social media attraction, and this usually means being consistent about status updates, liking photos or posts, retweets, or responding with comments. It’s a lot of work and time to stay engaged in social media, but it is a pressure that many of us face. I feel socially isolated sometimes if I don’t keep my statuses updated, because my friends think that I have simply disappeared from the earth.
In addition, I have many “friends” on Facebook who I never talk to in “real” life, although Facebook has allowed me to keep up with their life the same way that I could keep up with an uncle in Virginia. In the same way that Second Life challenges the lines and cultures between virtual and real worlds, I feel that I am having to keep up with my friends on the virtual world and in real life as well. Although the virtual world makes it easier to keep up with them.