The first


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So I was thinking of what to write for my first post. I usually have so many random thoughts in my head that I shouldn’t have any problem coming up with a topic to write about, but lately I seem to have hit a writer’s block. Which is hilarious considering that I JUST started this blog.

Maybe it’s because I had so many other things going on in my life that I didn’t really have time to think about my “random stuff”, or maybe I was just setting myself an invisible goal that my first post had to be amazing. Whatever the case might be, after thinking about all this, I decided why not write something about “firsts” as my first post. No I don’t mean things like the “first kiss” or “first sexual experience”… even though I might come back to those topics at a later point, because they’re fun to talk about.

What I mean is a trend I noticed recently. It’s mostly seen in social media, but it also applies to other aspects of life. Let me explain what I mean.

Depending on your age you might be able to come on a little trip to the past with me. Let’s say about … hmm… 10 years ago. Remember when it was “cool” to be the first to discover something new? Like the coolest guy in class that suddenly had a new outfit, or the cool girls found a new brand of backpacks or a new artist. It was “in” to say something like “Hey guys, check this out… it’s totally new, no one knows about it yet”.

Now, at some point in time this completely changed. It seems that lately everything is about numbers and how many “likes” or “followers” something has. If something new pops up it takes a long time before it becomes popular. Not because it doesn’t get seen – well sometimes that’s part of the problem, but let’s be honest here, shit spreads fast on the internet. The problem I’ve seen so many times is that no one wants to be the first to “like” something or “follow” it.

Look anywhere you like, be it Facebook, Instagram or YouTube, everything has “like” and /or “follow” options. I’m sure some of you happened to find something cool but didn’t share it because it didn’t have many likes or follows yet. If you look at YouTube in specific, those “first!” comments seem to decline as well.

I started wondering why that is and one reason I came up with is that people nowadays seem to be afraid of being the “first” to say “Hey, I like this”. Why? Well that is a good question and the only answer I could come up with was: Because they are afraid of looking “Uncool” or that their friends won’t like it. You know the whole… “uhhh… how can you like THAT? It’s so not cool….” Yeah that shit.

Please correct me if you think I’m wrong, but I think there is at least some kind of truth in what I say. Maybe you have some other kind of explanation for this behavior or maybe you’re the kind of person that always “likes” new stuff and shows it to their friends first. Whatever the case might be, let me hear your thoughts.

Since I only recently started this blog things might change a lot and some features might not work correctly yet, but just stick around if you like. Oh and since I was just talking about it. Look at my “followers” number… ^^ I know that more people than that read my blog and wait for me to post new stuff, but it appears that it’s just to taunting to hit the follow button below.

Also, I’m aware that this is a really short post, but I just had to get those thoughts out of my head and maybe I was trying to avoid the “first” post as well. Things should get easier from now on, right?

~ mau ~

2 thoughts on “The first

  1. I found a lot to agree with here. Admittedly, I believe this is just an Internet-specific expression of the fact that people seek social desirability, which is a throwback to our pack animal days which we’ve yet to evolve away from. It’s also why very few people seem to step outside the framework society has established for them – we’re scared of not fitting in at a *biological* level.

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