Posts Tagged ‘Selfie’


Screamsss *they are backkkk*!!! All my favourite tv shows are back on air, the hiatus is over!!! As always, when my regular shows go on hiatus or at the end of a season, I scout for new shows. During the Christmas break I found a couple; Jane the Virgin, Grace Point, Stalker, Forever, Chicago PD and Selfie. Of all the shows, I stuck to Jane the Virgin, Grace Point and Forever. Stalker kinda made me paranoid, Chicago PD was rather too stiff and Selfie, although I watched all 10 episodes I could find, was undoubtedly the most meaningless series ever!!!

Honestly when I saw the name my first thought was “this show will be very stupid”. I went ahead to download the first two episodes anyway. After watching the first episode, I could literally feel a drop in my IQ. But then again, as we know a wise man makes sense of foolishness (flips grey hair).

Now, this show is about a social media freak Eliza who was quite unpopular as a kid (she had no friends and was constantly bullied). When she became an adult, she turned her “physicals” around her brain suffered some damage as well (in my opinion) and basically became a social media celebrity but still without real life friends. In the first episode, she had a break down of her own doing (she found out her “boyfriend” of 2-3 weeks was married) and she needed a pick me up, but no one came to her rescue. She complained about “her friends” (social media friends) not being there for her when she needed them. Something came to mind after that episode; she made a common mistake most social media users make which was “Not knowing the difference between your ‘friends’ and People you know/follow/friend on social media”. She had over 300,000 followers/friends across all her social media platforms, yet no actual friends. A lot of us like her make this same mistake, we live our lives on social media, get as many followers as we possibly can, build our lives around them and when we hit the rocks in real life and find that we are alone, we tag them as terrible friends. Forgetting it was a real life issue you had and not a social media issue. Eliza finally realised “Siri” was the only “one”who had her back. Then she said “She finally realised being “friended” wasn’t the same thing as having friends”. The truth is unless you have made an effort to build that friendship outside of social media, all those people remain your followers as you remain theirs.


Another question came to mind after the first two episodes; Does social media make you stupid? Honestly, if you’ve watched Selfie you’d understand where this question is coming from. Eliza had no clue how to function in real life. All that mattered to her was what she had to do next to out play her fellow social media freaks. She was a living model of what my dictionary describes as a BIMBO (not the yoruba name). After a little thought and after going through more episodes, my answer was NO. Social media doesn’t make you stupid, it is only an avenue for stupid people to make their stupidity more popular and for smart people to showcase their intelligence. Social media is what you make of it. While some people are out there making millions off social media, some are bringing as much ridicule as they can to themselves and their ancestors. You see, Eliza was a good sales executive, but she didn’t realise her social media popularity would even make her an even better one. Not until her boss sang it into her ears.

There’s a big difference between being “friended/followed” and having friends. Keep in mind that your “social media” friends will remain “social media” friends and owe you nothing outside “social media” except you have built a relationship with them outside “social media”. Also, we should learn to use social media platforms very wisely. How well you use them determines whether they’ll make or mar you. You never know who is watching.

Thank you for reading :D…