The Folklore We Create

I want to start by defining the term “folklore.” Folklore is defined as the traditional beliefs, customs, and stories of a community, passed through the generations by word of mouth. Let this sink in and think about a time you heard a story about a past generation. Maybe it was a story from your grandma or your grandpa, or maybe even your mom.

When I think about the folklore that I am creating, I am left speechless. This isn’t something I think about everyday. When I am posting on Instagram or Facebook, I am not left thinking about my digital footprint that I am leaving by posting. I don’t think that my digital footprint is “monumental” or anything of the sort. However, I do think that if my kids were to come across one of my Instagram posts, they would really see who I was when I was a teenager or adult. While I have deleted many of the photos I used to have, I’m sure there is a way for them to still see them. My digital footprint consists of constant pictures of me, smiling and laughing, out with friends having a great time, making memories with my parents and siblings, and exploring. They would see their “mom” who really did her best to have the best life she could under the circumstances. If someone who knew nothing about me came across one of my Instagram posts, I think that they would see that I am an overall happy person who loves to vacation, spend time with her significant other, and has a never-ending love for her family and friends. They might see someone who has been torn down and built herself back up, they might see someone who looks like a spoiled brat. It’s all about perspective. But no matter how they see me, it doesn’t matter. I’m not creating my digital footprint to impress or interest anyone.

If someone really wanted to find more information about me and my personal life, they would probably have the best luck on Facebook. Here, I am constantly posting pictures, sharing meals I want to make, sharing posts from other people that mean something to me, and occasionally changing my personal information about myself. If someone were to come across my Facebook, they would probably think the same thing they thought when they came across my Instagram photos. They would also see that I share a lot of personal things on my Facebook, such as other peoples stories about their experience with depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. They would also see that I share a lot of posts about foods I want to make, and 90% of them I have forgotten about and will never make anyways.

In conclusion, I feel that if a person were to come across my social media and try to decipher who I am today, they would be able to do a pretty good job. They could find out my friends, family, hobbies, and I’m sure a couple other things. All of my different social media sites say something different about me, but overall, they all have the same big picture. I’m not ashamed of my digital footprint.

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