Platitudes

081216Platitudes

 
plat·i·tude
ˈpladəˌt(y)o͞od/
noun
plural noun: platitudes
  1. a remark or statement, especially one with a moral content, that has been used too often to be interesting or thoughtful.
    “she began uttering liberal platitudes”
    synonyms:

    cliché, truism, commonplace, banality, old chestnut, bromide, inanity,banal/trite/hackneyed/stock phrase

    “boring us with his platitudes”

I’m getting kind of tired of social media.

I like communicating. It took me a while to get used to emojis, but most are well-meaning, and they help clarify intentions in a medium where intentions are often misconstrued. The politics are a drag, but when discussions are civil they’re tolerable. The uncivil ones prompt an unfriend or an unfollow from me. That’s easy.

What’s tiresome to me are the platitudes. When I receive a request to connect online, I read the person’s feed. If it’s full of sayings and admonishments telling me how to feel or think, or what life’s all about, I don’t respond. If your feed is like this and I accepted your Facebook friend request or followed you back on Twitter, I’ve already unfollowed you on FB and I’ve muted you on Twitter. Sorry.

I want to socialize with real people, not quotations. Individuality is who you are, not what you retweet.

Oops. Is that a platitude?

#emojis#platitudes#Social Media

Comments

  1. chris - August 12, 2016 @ 10:38

    I so agree w/you… Also u can tell by their comments if they’re drama queens, or attention whores… I run like heck… btw are those the new bandit barriers?

    • Petrea - August 12, 2016 @ 15:58

      I don’t think they’ll stop a bandit from getting out, but they might stop a car from driving in!

  2. William Kendall - August 12, 2016 @ 12:28

    My social media tends to consist of snark.

    • Petrea - August 12, 2016 @ 15:58

      You forgot to mention wit.

  3. Glow61 - August 12, 2016 @ 12:40

    I like platitudes as much as I like the follower suggestions from Twitter. They don’t know what I might like & never will.

    • Petrea - August 12, 2016 @ 15:59

      Yeah, I’m not crazy about those suggestions on Facebook either. They look like a friend request but they’re not.

  4. magiceye - August 12, 2016 @ 21:10

    Beautifully composed and shot photograph!

    • Petrea - August 13, 2016 @ 11:02

      Thank you very much, magiceye!

  5. jb - August 12, 2016 @ 23:06

    Such is life.

    • Petrea - August 13, 2016 @ 11:02

      Er…

  6. jb - August 12, 2016 @ 23:08

    It is what it is.

    • Petrea - August 13, 2016 @ 11:03

      It might not be…

  7. jb - August 12, 2016 @ 23:08

    What goes around comes around.

    • Petrea - August 13, 2016 @ 11:03

      Grr.

  8. jb - August 14, 2016 @ 00:02

    Go with the flow

    • Petrea - August 14, 2016 @ 11:14

      Are you still here?
      Think of some more and come back.

  9. David - August 14, 2016 @ 09:25

    The road to hell is paved with … er … platitudes.

    • Petrea - August 14, 2016 @ 11:15

      David, meet JB, JB, meet David.

  10. Bellis - August 17, 2016 @ 00:01

    You’re so right. Those platitudes or posts of calming views with philosophical quotes are not what I want to see on Facebook. How do you feel about the friends that ask you to repost a statement about some disease or cancer to show your solidarity with them, or one of their friends? I never repost those, but it makes me feel mean.

    • Petrea - August 17, 2016 @ 12:17

      They seem like chain letters to me, and I’ve made a life-long practice of ignoring those. I don’t mind people asking for donations for a cause, but I won’t be told what to post on my own wall. That includes comments.

  11. Lowell - August 18, 2016 @ 03:00

    Platitudes are the work of one who has the need to tell others what to do but can’t think of an original method of doing so. I think. Can’t be sure. Everybody has needs, you know. Everybody does it. Prayer is the answer.

    I hate the social media with a passion and refuse to participate which means I’m left out in the cold, up a creek without a paddle, up a tree without a ladder. It also means I don’t know if I’m loved or have any friends.

    Yikes.

    I think I’ll go play golf. Have a nice day.

    Whew, glad I got that off my chest.

    • Petrea - August 18, 2016 @ 10:30

      You’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do, Lowell. Be yourself. Et cetera. I’m pretty sure you have friends. I know that at the very least, you have Likes.

  12. Shelley - August 23, 2016 @ 00:58

    “Individuality is who you are, not what you retweet.” I’d have tweeted that if I was still on Twitter, Petrea.

    • Petrea - August 23, 2016 @ 16:20

      I admire you for getting off Twitter. Maybe one person in 100 says something interesting. The rest is people trying to sell stuff. I check there less and less often, as my time is increasingly precious to me.

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