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Julia Roberts’ Beef with Social Media

111018PCN_FilmFest41-2Just like Julia Roberts, I love to hate social media. I love to hate it because of how intrusive it is of our private lives but on the other hand, I need it in order to help promote my work and my writings. I also find that being on social media helps me connect with friends, family, and co-workers faster and has done a great job of delivering the news I need to know quicker than from traditional media outlets.

So where do I stand on social media? While I know I can live without it, in reality, I can’t. As far as someone like Julia Roberts though, it seems like she just doesn’t “get it” and the reason might be because she already has a team that does all of her promotional work for her. And as some might have suggested, it might be a generation issue, too. The Pretty Woman recently told E! News:

“Well, I haven’t chosen to not be a part of it. I kind of just don’t get it. See that’s the thing I don’t get. It’s like screaming into the wind. I guess I just don’t get it. If somebody has a grievance with me, or if it’s a friend or somebody has been misinformed or misunderstood, I would go to them directly. There’s a directness that I miss and the idea of Internet or Twitter…I picture Twitter on a pager which I know is also antiquated, I don’t know where you Twitter!”

She also added:

“It makes people feel connected and it brings people together and does all these awesome things, but for me, I like to look at somebody and have more tangible connections. That’s what I as a person am invested in.”

While I’ll go ahead and completely ignore the Twitter on a pager part (oh, Julia, this isn’t 1996!), I will agree with her on the fact that social media isn’t meant for people to actually get together and connect. Aren’t we spending less time with actual human beings and more time in front of computer screens? I have relatives in New Jersey that I haven’t seen in years, yet I know everything they do on a daily basis — from how much they workout to the food they eat to the latest pictures of their kids. However, the human connection is definitely not there.

On the flip side though, social media has allowed me to work from home and to promote myself from the comfort of my own laptop. It’s like telling my children, no they can’t sit in front of their iPad and play with their favorite apps, while one part of me knows that they are going to have to learn how to use tablets and technology anyhow in order to keep up with our ever evolving-technological world (I still can’t get over Julia’s pager comment).

At the end of the day, it all boils down to moderation. You can have those personal interactions that you so naturally crave and tweet too, if it’s not one or the other. As for Julia though, I don’t think this is a generational issue (she is only in her mid-40s), but rather a sign that she’s more of a people-person than a techie-person, and who can fault her for that?

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