The Like-Generation

posted 10-11-2013 category COLUMNS

The first thing you do when you wake up? The answer to that question used to be: pee, take a shower, brush your teeth. In some lucky cases, kiss your loved one. Nowadays, I choose the last option. But a few months ago, I only had my phone to say: ‘Good morning beautiful’ to me. And I began the day with a picture of somebody else’s latte macchiato, the daily run of a best friend or a drunken-afterparty photograph of a person who I actually do not know, but seemed to have a pretty good life. This all seemed so normal to me, until somebody made me aware of this fact.

This someone was a nice, little bit older man, who pointed out, on one of our dates, that I was from a completely different generation (yeah, DUH, the age difference was about ten years). But he was referring to the ‘like-generation’. My natural reaction was the question if he could describe this for me unknown phenomenon. While asking this, I found myself looking on my phone and seeing an instagram picture I had posted. It had just hit 14 likes, mostly from people I didn’t know, whose names were a combination of letters and numbers. Fortunately, there were six likes of people I knew. Of course, the picture was carefully adapted with one of my eight photo-adaption programs, placed with some few, strong sentences, combined with 6 hastags whom meant to tell the world once more what I was doing.
‘Oh. That’s what you are talking about.’ I realized I indeed belonged to this ‘like-generation’.

Instagram, to me, is more important than facebook. I think this is because I am a very visual person and I love looking at pictures. And then I mean pictures of everybody. My instagram addiction (I think it is safe to say it has come to an addictive form) is mainly supported by the fact that I blog and am continuously curious to what other bloggers are wearing or places that they see. It feels like a need for inspiration in the field of lifestyle, travel and styling, which I can use on my own blog and instagram.
As long as we watch ourselves and not go to sleep and wake up with social media, I do not see a problem. If you completely get my mind and how it spins, you can say we are in the same generation. We should meet. Or follow each other on instagram.

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