By Katharine Romefelt
Hey, did you Snapchat that?
Social Media plays a major role in shaping our culture these days. But what are the implications of becoming connected in such a disconnected way? Are we all destined to be walking around with multimedia helmets one day? Tuesday is Social Media Day. Reflect on the ways you incorporate social media into your life, for better or worse.
“One benefit (of social media) is that you never lose track of people from the past,” said Matthew Kic, hanging at Citrus Café on Sunset amongst a bevy of customers nose-deep in their smartphones. “It also streamlines the dating process.”
Kic also acknowledged the drawbacks of living online.
“It’s an instant nostalgia machine, which isn’t always good,” he said. “It also turns large political talking points into ‘yes or no’ questions.”
Ironic as it sounds, Social Media Day might be the optimum time to unplug and dial into nature and the other human beings actually present in your surroundings. Interacting with people in person is just like chatting online, only fulfilling.
Now there’s something to Snapchat about.
But every day this week is something to celebrate:
Hug Holiday Day
Monday, June 29
Americans can be a little more standoffish than other cultures. Show some affection! Surprise your friends and family with a nice big embrace.
International Chicken Wing Day
Wednesday, July 1
Among finger foods they reign supreme. And they’re not just for football games. Grab some stellar and sticky wings at Dagwoods on Main Street.
I Forgot Day
Thursday, July 2
Unless you’re graduating or getting married, today is the day to forget. Take advantage if you want… wait, what was I saying?
Stay Out of the Sun Day
Friday, July 3
The sun in Southern Cal is a secretly lethal weapon. Live the day like a vampire and avoid all the harmful rays. Stock up on sunscreen for the beach days ahead.
National BBQ Day
Saturday, July 4
National BBQ Day: Not surprisingly, July 4 is also designated as a celebration of BBQ. Get your grill on or crash your neighbor’s cookout.
National Apple Turnover Day
Sunday, July 5
What’s more American than apple pie? Maybe a turnover, sealed for your protection. Find one at a coffee shop near you and be proud to be American.