I don’t exactly know how long I have been using tumblr, but its safe to say that it has been about a year. And in this year, I have gone through the stages of what every expressionist dramatic teenager goes through at least once in their life. From having a weird dysfunctional crush that ultimately resulted in a “not relationship”, in which I started to re-post pictures and GIFs that were subjective to my current feelings about a girl (Kind of like a tumblr form of the flower plucking “She loves, She loves me not.”), to wanting to become the next “John Green” on Youtube, by blogging about my opinion on many issues of the world. (Even though I only I have like 5 posts LOL). #TellingItHowItIs
The fact of the matter is, Teenagers always indefinitely tend to be expressionists. While Tumblr may not be the social media outlet that all teenagers turn to, there is always some form of the classic “Diary” that all teenagers now use to express who, what, and how they are. Any cliche teenager would say that is is a sort of “escape” from their “troubles” in real life.
Troubles usually being low self-esteem, anorexia, self-harm, loneliness, and any other [Insert Self-Help Book Title Here], that most of the time, if not always, is expressed through re+blogging disgustingly size zero models and cliche quotes that have to do with breaking up, or loving one another. If you haven’t already guessed, I don’t necessarily agree with how a majority of the people in my age group choose to express themselves on this site, even though I have done this in the past. (And yet I choose to host my blog on this page. I guess I just don’t like Blogspot…)
I guess this is just of a more of an observation post. I follow some blogs that are owned by people I go to high school with. A lot of them have conformed to the system that the majority of Tumblrs follow. I, myself was and believe to be still part of that system. The expressionist system. I, and every other Tumblr user, diary writer, and opinionist, have something to say, so we will say it.
But with Tumblr and every other micro-blogging site, most of what one writes is public. If your blog is open for anyone that has followed you or knows your URL, they can read every single post and re-post, especially that one cat GIF that everyone re-posts. (Come on, we’ve all done it. Cat’s own the internet.) Tumblr being the public diary it is, it connects everyone together through the internet. And with everyone expressing their emotions, ideas and beliefs, Tumblr becomes and overflowing well of human understanding. Tumblr is usually used to better express who I am as a person, and since it is connected to the internet, it provides anyone access to better understanding me, my thoughts, and what defines me as a person.
While connecting more individuals trough the internet to a more emotional level is very heart warming, the publicity of micro-blogging also raises some concerns on privacy. I will say this. I know secrets of my peers that I am not supposed to know. I know break-ups, health problems, family problems, etc. Not because I actively look at all the blogs that I follow, but because I simply follow a lot of my peers and when they decide to post something that is seemingly indirect and inconspicuous, which a lot try but totally and utterly fail to do so, I see it every other day, right on my dashboard. I have used Tumblr to gather information about someone that could potentially help me or one of my friends in a certain situation. Bear in mind, this was one time, and it was for purely altruistic purposes. Nevertheless, I believe it was still an immoral action, and my actions aren’t just mine, but shared with many across the internet.
We now live in an age of information overload. Many focus on the much bigger application of the information overload, such as how it affects politics, business, economics, or education, but this doesn’t deem them more important than the individual expressionism that it harbors as well. The information overload is something of a new “power” that we can all use to better understand our neighbor, co-worker, and best-friend. It has given us the opportunity to better emotionally and mentally connect with the people around us both in a good and potential bad way. It all depends on how we choose to use it.