Social Media and Trivia Night
Posted by Stronglikemycoffee
Good afternoon, friends! I began typing up this post on Wednesday, but I drew a blank and deleted everything. Then I started again this morning and here we are 6 hours later with little more than a sentence. Time to buckle down…
Yesterday in my digital marketing class, my professor made the entire class create a Twitter account. For some reason, this really annoyed me. I have avoided Twitter, kept my Facebook page private, censored my Instagram posts and limited the Snapchat selfies. ;) This blog is my main form of public media, and even then the content is filtered for what I will and will not share. I didn’t want my name attached to Twitter and I didn’t want one more dumb social media app on my phone!
Practicing social media modesty is important. It’s so easy to share every aspect of our lives with hundreds of “friends” down to a picture of the breakfast we just ate, detailed statuses about our love life (or lack thereof), and tweets of self-congratulations or self-pity. I think social media is a great and wonderful way to keep in daily contact with the people you care about, but there is definitely a point to where it becomes obsessive or intrusive. Privacy is a powerful thing. I’m not too sure about using Twitter, how many different websites do we need to use to talk about ourselves?
So what do you think, am I totally backwards? Should I be embracing the social media platforms? I may need serious convincing before that takes place. Actually I have been making a conscious effort to put the damn phone down more often. I always refuse to keep the phone in sight while I’m driving or sitting in class. Usually I try to limit it while I’m hanging out with friends too. The whole Be Present thing. But I think I can do a better job of finding an alternative activity when I’m bored than just scrolling through Pinterest. Speaking of which, last night was a fun, phone-free time….
Team “Berries and Beer” (formerly known as the “Sangria Sweethearts”) dominated Trivia Night at the country bar again. (And by dominated, I mean performed mediocre-ly and avoided last place.) One of the rules of trivia night: NO cell phones (their rule, not ours.) Three hours passed by after 8 rounds of trivia questions covering sports, 90s cartoons, classic movies, famous soundtracks and Mario Bros.
Before we were seated, our group sat outside around a fire. I felt a hot spot on my leg, looked down to see an ember had BURNED A HOLE through my skirt and tights. The little orange fleck was still sitting on my thigh when I looked down, so bummed that my brand new skirt had a peanut-size whole in the front. (My roommate Bri cleverly ordered me to cover my ash hole -_- )
Trivia night also revealed that we have no expertise in video games and only a slightly better-than-average recall of any pop culture before 2011. However our riddle skills were on point and we were, in my opinion, the best dressed. ;)
I was the designated driver for the evening to I kept it to one early glass of sangria before the games. We finished up around midnight, and I couldn’t wait to fall asleep. Such a fun way to kick off the LONG holiday weekend with my friends :)
Okay I think I’ll take my own advice, unplug for the rest of the afternoon and go for a walk.
What are your thoughts on Twitter? And how much phone time is too much?
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Posted on January 16, 2015, in College, Healthy Lifestyle, Life Updates and tagged college, exercise, facebook, fitness, Friends, health, instagram, nutrition, pop culture, social media, trivia night, twitter. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.
I agree wholeheartedly…I don’t have twitter or instagram, or snapchat…but I do admit to visiting Facebook too much. It’s those rare posts give me that intermittent reinforcement that makes me keep coming back.
Well, sounds like a cell-free fun night!
I was wondering if you still compete in local races or follow a rigrorous training schedule anymore. Also I was wondering how you liked running in college. I am potentially going to run xc and track in college. But I don’t want those two things to be all consuming. Thanks.
After my junior year of college cross country season, I stopped training based off a coach’s program; I trained for a marathon by myself, finishing with a sub-3:30 and very happy with my time. My training calmed down after that, long runs became shorter and I took more rest days. I still always try to have a basic workout plan, or else your effort might not be as challenging or effective. Being a collegiate athlete is an amazing experience, and if you have the opportunity I say GO FOR IT. With one disclaimer…..do not necessarily plan on competing all four years. Take it one year at a time! If you enjoy it, keep going! If it’s causing more stress than enjoyment…re-evaluate your next season. You’ll never know if you don’t try :) Good luck!
Trivia night sounds like a blast! So glad you & your friends shut off from the technology world for those few hours and enjoy real life, in person interaction! Sorry to hear about your new skirt, but the comment about your “ash hole” had me laughing out loud!! 😊 xoxo
I actually just created a Twitter account, but I’m not sold on it yet. I definitely need to get the hang of it still. For now, I still like Instagram better and I don’t do much on FB anymore.
Aww that’s a bummer that he had you create a Twitter when you didn’t even want to! I know Twitter is HUGE in digital marketing, so understandable, I guess?
you know my take already, twitter is definitely not something for me! but i think everything in moderation can be okay. you know i love instagram and snapchat ;) but deleting my facebook was definitely a great decision. I think if the phone is the first thing we go to when we’re bored, then we are on the phone too much in general. but i think “too much” is something to be individualized. too much for you and too much for me could be two different things. just do whatever makes you happy :)
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