Understanding Social Media

My Landscapes of Understanding project – Understanding Social Media as metaphor challenge

Sketching up some of the ways people look at social media

Drawings and text by Frits Ahlefeldt – FritsAhlefeldt.com

From Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and to Linkedin and a snapchat. Social media are taking more and more of our time and focus. And as we move further and further into these landscapes. the way we look at them get more and more detailed. Here are a few examples

Illustrated landscapes of Social media:

Is Social Media the reality bar we hang out in, gossip in and share stories in?

More and more people prefer to hang out online, instead of with their friends or family, closely knit families like each other more on Facebook, than in real life, and share stories in digital media to make them real.  Has the bar and the pub has moved online?

The digital Fix

Man smoking social media like gadget with facebook and other social media icons in smoke. Drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt
Social Media Fix – illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

Social media fix – are we social media addicts?Today there are people on social media re-hap – going through treatments that are similar to the ones alcoholics and drug addicts are helped by.  More and more consider themselves addicted to social media, needing their fix, both day and night. Some are on Facebook, others addicted to Twitter, Instagram or Youtube. Depending on where they get most of their kicks… Are social media a new kind of digital drugsSaying NO to social media

We are real - no phone t shirt woman drawing by Frits ahlefeldt
Mobile free Zone illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

Saying no to phones, cameras and social media is becoming more and more normal.Smoking used to be allowed everywhere, people would smoke in cars, in trains, in offices, in restaurants, children’s rooms…. At parties, meetings, in schools, kindergartens and in kitchens. But then something happened, smoking became off-limit. A new culture changed how smoking was viewed and accepted. Will we see the same thing happening to how people use their phones? some places will be off-limit?Social media – an essential need, like water?

Wam, digital and cold water tap drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt
Social Media as an essential need – like water. Drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt

Is social media an essential need, like water?A lot of people today consider their phone among their most essential things. People would take a phone with them on a deserted island, more than anything else. Leaving in case of fire, that is what many grab. Refugees leaving everything behind, needs power-outlets for their phones on their long walk to safety. Social media and being connected to family and friends have many times been shown to be more important for thrive than comfort and safety.  Should we consider social media a human right, like clean water?Can social media be the door to a better future for all? 

smartphone with a door attached. Drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt - technology
Social Media as a door – illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

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