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5 Reasons I’m Glad iPhones and Social Media Didn’t Exist In My 20′s

I’m sitting here on my old, boring mom butt wondering how in the hell those of you in your 20′s can deal with life in our social-media-obsessed world. If I had a photographic record of everything I did in my 20′s – I would need to be constantly medicated to deal with the inevitability that my kids were going to probably someday find me out.

Here are a list of reasons why I am thrilled iPhones, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and all other forms of social media didn’t exist in my 20′s.

 

1. Flings could be remembered fondly.

Remember when you could remember that vacation romance as fondly as your brain would allow you to? Now, you will surely Google him, find his Facebook page and find out he still calls his mother, “Mommy.”

 

2. Everyone didn’t know where you were 24-7.

Between iPhones, Foursquare, and location maps on Facebook and Instagram, you can hardly do anything without people knowing where you are at all times. Try lying about missing an engagement and you almost have to hole up in a cave with no wi-fi to get away with it.

 

3. You didn’t have to constantly try hard to make your life seem exciting.

When every damn thing you do in your life isn’t being documented photographically and shared with the world, you are more content being the boring person that you are. Part of me thinks it would be sort of nice to have more photographic memories of my life – but a bigger part of me is really happy to just have the memories – in my brain.

 

4. You never had to be informed of what your friends were having for lunch.

I can say with the utmost certainty that I never thought about what my friends were deciding to feed themselves – because I didn’t have a constant visual feed of their meals. I liked it better that way.

 

5. There wasn’t photographic evidence of every bad decision you ever made.

Maybe you didn’t take a Vine video or Instagram the night you spent puking on every curb in downtown San Francisco, but you can rest assured that someone has photographic evidence of it. Your bad decisions will be remembered forever.

(photo: Getty Images)

You can reach this post's author, Maria Guido, on twitter.
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  • http://carrie-murphy.com/ Carrie Murphy

    Yes. This is kind of all true. I graduated high school in 2003, and….yeah. Yup. Social media. Sigh.

  • Muggle

    Eh, I’m in my 20s and I don’t have any of these problems, except #1.

    I don’t hang out with people who feel the need to record every little thing, I don’t record every second of my life myself, and I disable any and all check-in/location options on social media apps.

    Might be me, though.

    • Bunny Lucia

      Nah, Not just you. My friends rarely post on Facebook.

      #1 really isn’t a problem for me because I don’t really care about what my flings are doing now, they aren’t my friends. They’re out living their lives.

      Although I occasionally will stumble upon an old friend or two on a dating site. Which usually just ends with me messaging them and saying “LONG TIME NO SEE! What’s up?”

  • zeisel

    no one will ever know i was a ‘raver’ in 94′… thanks to computers barely being a blip on the radar. to clarify, i was never a candy raver, but i went to those dance parties and probably had glow sticks… if i recall correctly.

    • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Maria Guido

      OH my god! Me too! San Francisco in the early 90′s. Sigh…

    • zeisel

      Maria, we were so lucky.. no one really had cell phones then either, thank god, because the pictures that could have been taken. dear god. i might have been hugging someone’s glow worm. the throw away camera was the thing then and those pictures never saw the light of day or a scanner- probably in the back of someone’s closet. good times- all thanks to no hard documentation!

    • Véronique Houde

      LOL I went to a few raves in my twenties… With the glowsticks and the illegal drugs. ;)

  • kay

    This fall I will have been on facebook for 10 years. Which is over a third of my life.
    WTF.

    • Mel

      It’s not too late! No matter what they tell you, you can leave. Save yourself!!!

  • biggerthanthesound

    Soooooo happy about this! My 20′s were the woooooooooooorst.

    I don’t get a lot of meal pics in my newsfeed. I mean, the occasional one… But I guess none of my friends are eating things worth taking a picture of.

  • Momma425

    I’m in my 20′s and AGREED! I wish that I could have grown up in a world where ex’s stay ex’s and don’t try to facebook friend you.
    I am, however, THRILLED that my phone in high school did not send/recieve picture messaging. I got texting my senior year…I can only IMAGINE how much trouble I would have gotten into back in the day. Although I’m still sure my boobs are posted on the internet out there, somewhere.

    • Bunny Lucia

      A great way to make sure no one looks for your nudes is say they were all taken when you were 13-17. NO ONE will go looking for your nudes.

  • pixie

    There are times when I wish I took more pictures, but then again I’m glad that my friends don’t take many pictures either, and don’t tend to take pictures with distinguishable alcohol or drugs in it. Most of my pictures are with horses. And any of my drunk pictures online I’m at least not doing anything dumb :P

  • K

    I’m in my 20′s, and every single reason you listed is why I refuse to have a social networking/media/whatever account on anything. I like keeping my life to myself. Its pretty dam peaceful.

  • CMJ

    I’m just grateful it wasn’t around for the ridiculousness that was my 23/24 year-old self.

  • AP

    I was at one of the first schools to have Facebook, but I’m unendingly thankful that it didn’t have a photo-uploading capacity until the end of my senior year of college. By then, everyone was used to being an adult and was focusing on making themselves marketable for the Real World, so nothing regrettable got posted (or even happened in the first place, yay maturity!)

  • http://wtfihaveakid.blogspot.ca/ jendra_berri

    When I was in grade 9 and 10 I lamented my boring life and despaired of ever being able to do anything, feeling like everyone was doing cool things except for me. Thank god there was no Facebook then. I only heard about parties. I never had to see them posted and feel like there was concrete evidence of my lack of cool.
    God, being a teenager was awful. 13-15, the above was my biggest worry in life. I had no idea how delightful being uncool really could be.
    And then there was my cosplaying days…

  • Alanna Jorgensen

    I was just coming to terms with my OCD diagnosis and was in an extremely dark place in my early 20′s. I had ZERO coping skills to handle it yet, and my life was a disaster until I was about 24 years old. I am so glad social media wasn’t much of a thing until I had time to sort myself out a bit.

  • Alexandra

    I cannot imagine the amount of trouble I would have gotten into. And the things that would be hanging around *shudder* total nightmare! There are many nights, especially from college, I wish I didn’t even remember LOL forget about someone with photographic evidence!! :)

  • Ddaisy

    Meh, I don’t worry about the stupid stuff I do being documented, because I don’t DO stupid stuff, as a general rule. Part of that is my own personality, but part of it is that I’ve just grown up in a world where anything can be documented, and I know to be careful. Maybe social media is a good thing–it makes people more responsible because they know they’re accountable for their actions. For every person we see acting like a moron on Facebook, I’m sure there are two or three more who thought twice about it, and decided to behave themselves instead. (Then again, maybe I’m just naively optimistic…)

  • http://www.twitter.com/ohladyjayne allisonjayne

    Oh my gosh, me tooooo. I’m 33, so I was in high school when we got the internet at home, but there wasn’t social media or anything like that…just my best friend and I teaching ourselves html so we could design fansites for local indie rock bands, a few of which I’m sure are still kicking around on geocities with their flashing gifs and marquee text….

    But yeah, there might be a few embarrassing photos of me floating around, but far fewer than there would be if facebook and instagram had been around when I was 17-22 and had no filter or sense of consequences. Those years were super fun, no regrets, but thank goodness there’s little to no documentation of any of it. Whew.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ilikeswears Dusty

    I was thinking about this last night as I organized and packed away all my pre-thirties memories and journals while clearing out the future nursery. I had a brief moment where I thought, “Hmm. Maybe I should just burn this stuff so my baby never sees it.”

    • SA

      Ha! I packed up a bunch of photo albums when I was clearing out my nursery, right now they are hiding under my bed, not sure what to do with them! I don’t think the kid (or anyone) needs to see SPRING BREAK ’99 photo albums. I don’t really remember much of that week anyway, so why do I need the pics! ;)

  • ted3553

    and when people said nasty things about you, it didn’t have to be in your face. It was a ” I heard XX said you’re a hoe” and I didn’t have to see that person until I calmed down and she did too instead of blowing up social media. So thankful for this and that all my mistakes weren’t preserved and thrown in my face repeatedly.

  • Gina Mann

    yeah especially those internet trolls they are the worst…