This might just be me but since I joined this hobby I get the impression that many people are in this hobby simply to get praised and to be put on a pedestal. I’m not talking about the ones who share their passion for the hobby, giving/taking advice, etc. I’m talking about the ones who do not care about the well being of their fish, corals, or whatever forms of life they buy just so they can be praised by others on social media. I feel like so many people just use this hobby as a way to flaunt like they have money. By having the latest and most expensive equipment, corals, fish etc. Regardless if they’ve done any research on it. They do it because it’s the newest fad…for likes and comments. I saw one guy the other day flaunting an octopus on his social media he just got mixing it with clearly non compatible organisms. It was a clear disaster in the making. I feel like people don’t care about the organism anymore as much as they do as the likes and comments they get on their social media of their picture perfect tanks. No one is original anymore…
be happy we're in the reefing hobby with how social media has exacerbated things. Just look at rock climbing, guys are dying left an right to outdue each otherI feel like this is a common refrain for a lot of people who reach a certain age and realize the world has moved on or changed without them and instead of recognizing the pattern (these same people, when they were young, were doing whatever new thing their parents thought was going to be the end of the world) and coming to terms with change, they choose to alienate themselves and claim that the younger generations and what is popular with them, is going to be the downfall of society.
People showing off on social media is just the modern version of what people have always done, clear back to the Egyptians, the phrase ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ is from a comic from 1913. People feel compelled to put on a front, to appear wealthy, happy, and beautiful, social media didn’t start this. So no, social media isn’t ruining society, TikTok isn’t going to create a generation of vapid brainwashed kids who want a handout (wasn’t MTV supposed to do that to my generation?).
There are still BBSes up and running that you can access with 8-bit home computers from the '70s and '80s, either through dial-up modem or through the internet, and I'm sure it'd be possible to start some reef talk in the off-topic areas without the hassle of looking through endless pictures of showcase tanks. Posting cave rock drawings of builds with ASCII art might be kind of limiting, though.While social media is relatively new,
I posted this in the Lounge area and got no response. I was wondering if I am wrong for this way of thinking. I apologize if this is off topic but I am not looking for anything special but a response of appreciation and knowing that I helped with a problem someone is having. How do you all feel about this? Am I looking for praise? or just getting senile in my retirement, lol ?
I really like helping others when they have questions. Most people here respond with a thank you or more questions which is all fine. Just recently someone had a question about a coral they have. I wasn't sure so I googled it and found a good answer within a couple minutes, it was that easy and knowing they could have done the same I did not hesitate to help. But this one individual did not acknowledge my help or the answer another person here gave. Why ask questions if you cannot give a simple thank you to the help you are given. It kind of sours me and makes me less inclined to help new reefers here. That is one of the little benefits I (we) get when helping someone is just a simple thank you. That's all I have on my mind. Thank You to all the members here that go out of their way to help others, it certainly means a lot to me. Take care and stay safe.
Reminds me of people who video/document themselves giving food or money to people that are in need, then post it. Looking so hard for outside praises, when they could have done the same thing without the views and likes from all over the internet. Which in my mind would be why you give to people in need, because they need it and you are able to help. Not because you want people to think your such a selfless individual.