A fascinating and brief profile on the psychological aspects that drive “curation blogs” that are popular amongst Tumblr and Pinterest. As an avid member of this community, all I can really say is that I am still trying to figure it out. I’m on Pinterest, but that is more from a professional standpoint as I see it as my job to understand social media and be able to explain it to others. My use of Tumblr, on the other hand, is something more involved and complicated. The issues that arise from just viewing Tumblr are very relatable to anyone who is on it regularly. I think it’s worth using Tumblr while also reading “Boundaries”.
In my opinion, if the language that is used in describing our interactions with certain web platforms turns towards relationship language, then I believe it may be a good time to take a healthy step backwards.
My goal in using the internet, social media, and blogging platforms is to have them function as a tool in helping me create the kind of career I am interested in as well as nurturing real life relationships that are flung across the world. I also find it to be a remarkable tool of free and well-valued education. Also, have did you know you can watch TV for free whenever you want!?!??!?!? There has to be at least 3 or 4 more reasons to use the internet, but they fail me at the moment.
My point is that when the internet gets all co-dependent with you, as is described in this article, I think it’s important to take some time to see other people. Say, trees, or the sun, or a babbling brook. And for those of us who are actively participating in the likes of Tumblr and others, let’s be honest: we’re not curating. We’re projecting an image of ourselves that we want others to see and find relatable. Also, we’re trying to drive traffic and followers so that we can make money. There are other reasons, for sure, but I find there is a dearth of honesty when it comes to our interactions with the internet because, let’s face it, a lot of us are ashamed of the fact that we’re not outside playing or reading a book or studying for a final.
It’s better to talk about it. Sunshine is the best disinfectant.
"There’s a German word for it, of course: Sehnsucht, which translates as “addictive yearning.” This is, I think, what these sites evoke: the feeling of being addicted to longing for something; specifically being addicted to the feeling that something is missing or incomplete. The point is not the thing that is being longed for, but the feeling of longing for the thing. And that feeling is necessarily ambivalent, combining both positive and negative emotions.”