Sunday night was no ordinary Sunday night; MTV’s Video Music Awards (VMAs) were on. Many were waiting to hear if ‘NSync was going to reunite for a special performance, while others were anxious to mock performances and discuss who really should’ve won in each category.
But people are no longer glued to just their TVs during these award shows. People are also constantly tweeting their ideas and Facebooking about what’s happening on their TVs. Sites like Buzzfeed are also quick to make posts about what’s happening live, just in case you weren’t eager to check your Twitter feed or Facebook. Thought Catalog even live blogged the event!
On One Hand…
Sharing our ideas is great. That’s the point of social media, isn’t it? We want others to hear our voice. We want our opinions to be heard. We all want to feel like someone is listening. It’s easy to tweet and post, and you know that your audience is receptive to what you have to say.
Not only is it great to post your own content, but it’s also great to see what your friends think. Twitter makes it easy to see what thousands of other people are saying, and Facebook has made that more convenient with its recently released hashtags feature. If you’re watching award shows and not tweeting, you’re missing out on a totally different experience than if you were just watching with your TV.
On The Other Hand…
When talking to one person about the overflow of tweets, their comment was: “It’s like I don’t even need to watch the TV anymore. Everyone is sharing the same content over and over online so watching also seems pointless.”
Others joke about how they have to wake up early for work so they can just check Twitter for highlights in the morning. This is all true! Everything that stood out (or fell below standards) will all be discussed on social media.
As a student, I don’t have television, but I do have Twitter. This means that my timeline is overflowing with people posting the same information over and over.
While I could mute hashtags, I choose to just not check social media until the show is over. During an award show, your peers suddenly become news reporters, and feeds can quickly become cluttered. Since it’s frustrating to me, I choose to just turn away from it all.
To Sum It All Up
Outlets such as Facebook and Twitter are great for allowing people to share their ideas. Award shows can be controversial and full of surprises, so it’s expected that people will want to share their opinions! However, social media can also be overwhelming! Because so many people choose to share their thoughts through social media, information can be taxing on people who do not wish to be involved.
What do you think? Do you think that this is all too much or is this a great way for people to share their thoughts about award shows? Let us know in the comments below!