I think that the way we use media depends on our needs. My uncle doesn’t like being away from home, but Skype and yes, even Google Maps, still allow him to virtually tour the world.
As for myself, I don’t have Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat. The only thing I ‘’needed’’ was Facebook, but honestly: I still prefer talking to people in person.
Via the internet I discovered something called trick riding, seen in westerns and recently Game of Thrones, were people hang off the side of their horses and do all sorts of crazy stuff on top of a horse that’s running at full speed, uncontrolled. We just hope they know what they’re doing.
I don’t post a lot of pictures since it’s just another day in the office for me. I’m actually quite scared to put myself out there for people to judge. But without social media I wouldn’t be able to get someone from Canada to teach a clinic in Belgium. I wouldn’t even know if there where people doing the same thing as me in Belgium. I wouldn’t be able to make the last-minute decision to jump on a plane, borrow someone’s horse and compete in the US. I wouldn’t be able to train with the best trainers in the field or meet some amazing people who allow a person they don’t know to live with them and take their horses to a competition.
Without social media, I would probably end up being overweight, painting pictures of my food and hanging them in front of my house so everyone could be jealous of my awesome, obese meals.
I most certainly wouldn’t be able to do what I love and be able to do anything that’s so unknown.