Brain rot

Over the last few weeks, I have spent time outside of WordPress to look for fresh, new content. I dabbled in a few social media apps mostly, but also went on some other blog platforms.

Here’s what I found:

Very little quality content.

There could be two reasons for this:

1. There isn’t any quality content being written, created or published, or

2. I’m too picky.

I don’t know if it’s a trend.

What is the next generation about? Superficiality and instant self-gratification?

I simply don’t want to join in the all-consuming, inconsequential drivel.

In my experience (I’m sure there’s many exceptions, I just haven’t found them yet), the youth, millennials mostly, tend to be very focused on instant gratification and it shows in their posts. They consume, and create, a lot of content, but in order to find the snippets of quality I’m looking for I have to sift through a lot of crap.

It leaves my brain rotted.

I see it with the teens, too, in my own house. I monitor what they consume, but I have to admit I took a lot of steps back from that. I just can’t do this to myself…the teen boys are heavily into memes and many of them are Just So Bad and Irritating.

Sigh

In case you’re wondering the porn surfing hasn’t started yet. Which doesn’t mean it’s not there, but so far, it hasn’t reached my kids at home yet.

I’m not naive, I know it’s coming. I see signs already, just not the full-on in your face stuff just yet.

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I’ll cross that bridge later. For now, I’m keeping an eye on things that are derogatory, offensive, hurtful or damaging. I blocked two such sites on their Instragram feed already, but the rest of it?

Brain rot. Just stupid stuff.

I am sometimes surprised when young people like or follow me here on this blog. I am however curious so I check out their links.

Almost always (there are some exceptions) their content is basically selfies. Especially on Instragram, but sometimes on their blogs, too. On the blogs there’s a lot of talking about me me me and nothing much that contributes anything to their readers.

This isn’t what I’m looking for. I’m looking for content that stimulates me in some way, that contributes something. 22 selfies in a row on an Instagram feed doesn’t do that for me. Analyzing lipstick colour, diet choices or sexual positions may have momentary intrigue but it doesn’t feed my brain. ๐Ÿ˜‰

There was an interview with Jon Bon Jovi a few months back who said something about this topic. He was complaining about the reality shows in general and made a specific mention about Kim Kardashian. He said:

โ€œWhatโ€™s gonna be in your autobiography? ‘I made a porno, and guess what? I got famous,'” he said. โ€Fuck, sorry, Iโ€™ll pass!โ€

Bon Jovi instead reserved his respect for those who earn their fame as a result of creative endeavors.

โ€œGo and write a book, paint a painting, act, study, sing” or write a play, he said. “Fame is a byproduct of writing a good song.โ€

source: http://ultimateclassicrock.com/jon-bon-jovi-kardashians/

I agree. It also reminded me of something a friend mentioned to me. He said people should contribute, not just consume, on the internet.

He’s right. There are many ways to contribute, even if you prefer to maintain your privacy.

We all have this endless ability to create unique content, so why don’t we? Why do we drown in forgettable, inconsequential bullshit all in the name of statistics?

Some of the teenagers I know have accumulated hundreds of followers on Instragram yet they’re either posting nothing, or a few selfies. What is the value of this?

Boggles my mind.

Tell me a story with your pictures. It’s not that hard to be creative…

So. I will continue to expand beyond the WordPress world to find interesting content. If you know of any, please feel free to share. We can start a list.

26 thoughts on “Brain rot

  1. Now I just love Jon Bon Jovi even more. Which was wasnโ€™t your point ๐Ÿ˜œ. I agree. Itโ€™s fluff and nonsense on social media. It can be fun to be part of it if you are only operating within a trusted circle- people you know and trust who will respect your privacy and you. It can be a quick way to connect with friends and blow off steam/ rest your brain. It can be an avenue for intelligent discussions and insightful opticians. It can also be a depraved rabbit hole to be avoided at all costs. Like in all things, itโ€™s about balance. And as with all things parenting related itโ€™s a tough go to teach the balance without just pulling the plug. Eyerolls not withstanding. Those will lose you access to the internet faster than you can drop your jaw and protest โ€œbut I didnโ€™t doooooo anything!!โ€

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  2. I, too, despair at the future state of the world. It will need to be run by these selfish, incapable teens one day.
    I see the problem as extended childhood. And since they are all still children, we are reading their awkward teenage posts and pictures way into their twenties and even thirties.
    I mean, what would YOU have posted or been interested in at 13? I wouldn’t have been clever. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. I agree with everything you wrote. I would however say that for every older person writing an insightful or introspective blog about life, the universe, and everything, there are a thousand people watching TV all night, every night – and that saddens me just as much as the army of younger people posting endless photos of themselves (which drives me round the bend too).

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      1. I also had an unsettling experience with someone who talks about how many followers she has. I checked her Twitter and she has over 10K but nothing she posts gets much if any interaction. Numbers are meaningless in that case.

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  4. An interesting topic. When I started my blog over a year ago, I despaired of ever finding many followers as many of the bloggers seemed to be younger people and younger people would have no interest in the “older” topics I blog about, which is sort of a retirement baby boomer blog, but also about books and history and all the delightful beautiful things in the world. While it may be a prerogative of youth to be self-absorbed, (we probably were too), we did eventually grow up and see there was a whole wide world out there besides ourselves. But I don’t see that happening with many of the younger generation – it’s like a prolonged adolescence….all about them. There is a shallowness in society in general that is discouraging, as reflected in all those reality tv shows. When I was 22 I had just graduated from a (health professional) university course (where I worked like hell because it was hard), got a real job with a ton of responsibility doing what I had trained for, (no dithering about with this course and that course trying to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up while the parents paid for it all), and considered myself an adult. Many of us married and had kids in our twenties – nothing like kids to force you to grow up! Nobody babied us at work, or worried about our stress levels etc. But we had fun too! There seems to be such a level of depression among young people now that I find scary…..and sad. It’s become a strange world.

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    1. I’m still in the tween/teen parenting trenches but I hear you. I put myself through University, paid off the debt after by working hard at crappy jobs, lived with my parents, and later roommates for way longer than I wanted, and tried to advance my opportunities. But it’s not like this now…my teens, who are being raised by me, are part of this society and it’s such a struggle!

      I try hard to show them some of my most liked/commented blog posts. I pick one or two every once in a while and read it to them, along with what you guys say in the comments. To show them that it’s not stats I’m after, but this. The dialogue, the sharing of perspectives.

      Thank you for contributing. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. I’m not sure it’s a teenage/young person thing as much as a social media thing. I’ve never been interested in Instagram but I do have a Twitter account that I last looked at probably six years ago. The thing about sites like these is that the speed and simplicity encourages you to just spit out whatever half-formed thought crosses your mind — it’s out there and then it’s gone.

    With blogging, you have more space and your thoughts are a bit more permanent. For me, at least, this pushes me to think a bit more about what I’m saying, and take a bit more time to check facts (when appropriate) and consider whether the post really is worth publishing. I have deleted posts in the past rather than publishing them and will almost certainly do so again in the future.

    I completely agree with the Bon Jovi quote by the way. Being famous just for being famous strikes me as a pretty empty existence.

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    1. I hear you. Social media can be effective to share and communicate but I too get so bored with most of it. About 6 months ago I unfollowed about half in Twitter and now I usually only go on there to read if I’m bored, stuck at a rink or something. ๐Ÿ™‚

      The blogging is alive and well I think. Those of us who enjoy it for this exact type of communication, or dialogue, it’s a pleasure to be ‘in’ it, I think.

      Right? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. In general, I agree. (It’s why I gave up on most social media a long time ago.)
    I do see enough examples of young people who are not so shallow and self-centred that I am not totally disheartened. lol I work closely with two people in their early twenties who are bright and not so self-centred and it is so interesting getting glimpses of life through their eyes.
    But in general – yeah, I agree with you! I like to think those are just the people getting the most attention right now but they don’t represent everyone.
    I think one place to find some good content can be podcasts. I don’t have any specific recommendations but have heard of some that sound good.

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    1. I have a 20 something world traveler here on the blog somewhere, so I know what you mean. There are some who are expressing themselves very cleverly. But they are the exception, is what I’ve found.

      It’s not just youth though, there are my own peers who might be similar. Consumers, sharers, likers, but not creators.

      I’ll just keep looking. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Couldn’t agree more.
    As you say, there is good stuff out there, but I find sifting through the mediocrity exhausting.
    I also find myself choosing not to contribute if it’s not up to par.
    Is that a catch 22? I don’t know.
    What I do know is I have three half-written posts just sitting there because they simply aren’t good enough. I just can’t seem to express myself in a way I’d want to read…
    At least I haven’t resorted to porn. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. lol

      I have posts like that too sitting there, waiting. Sometimes, thought, that’s part of the creativity process. You get your thoughts out but they feel unrefined, so you sit on them, you don’t post them. Then, one day, it hits you and you know what to say, how to say it and then you write it and it works.

      Good luck! Don’t give up.

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