As humans, socialization has always played a major role in our society. In the last 20ish years, we’ve been exposed to a new form of communication: online postings. We no longer have to communicate with each other face-to-face. We can communicate via email, direct messaging, commenting on social media platforms, and in so many other ways.
The types of human interactions sought out online can range from mere acquaintances to serious relationships. Today’s world has couples connecting through websites and apps like match.com and Tinder. In my personal experience, social media has been the best way for me to familiarize myself with people I will be meeting, or will be spending more time with in the future, as well as keeping up with people already in my life. For example, when I was accepted to Stonehill College, I was placed in a Facebook group with other students accepted to the school. I was able to get a vibe for what kind of people I’d be going to school with, and get to know some people to have some friendly faces upon my arrival. I’ve also used social media to keep up with my friends from high school, who during the college semesters, I don’t see very often.
When it comes to who I follow online, it’s always because I have something in common with that person/their profile. With friends, we obviously know each other; it makes sense to follow one another. With people I do not know as well, it’s helpful to know a little about people I could come in contact with, whether it’s at school, work, or just in my overall social life (offline, that is). With people I do not know (typically celebrities), it’s because I have an interest in what they do and/or how they present themselves online. The relationships I have online all depend on why I’m following a user. These relationships range from a “get-to-know-you” standpoint to a “What did my bestie do last night?” place. This variety is all part of the power the Internet world gives us.
Two celebrities I really enjoy following are Tom Brady and Bella Hadid.
Tom Brady, the GOAT, the star-QB for the New England Patriots, just recently joined Instagram (like within the past year). His posts include various aspects of his life: football-related posts, posts with his family, and even endorsements/sponsorships he is affiliated with. His posts also range from humorous to inspiring. The ability to connect with the God-like figure of New England bests explains why he has 4.1 million followers on the popular social media site.
Bella Hadid, the sister of supermodel Gigi Hadid, has earned her spot on the stage with the help of her Instagram platform. Being younger than Gigi, Bella rose to fame shortly after Gigi made a name for herself in Hollywood. She has followed in her sister’s footsteps with features in the infamous Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Balmain campaigns, and designer collaborations. Bella has certainly spread her wings, as clearly shown on her Instagram profile. The distinction between her and her sister becomes more obvious each day as the two continue their work.
*Note: I find Bella more interesting to follow than Gigi because she posts more often, but I still love my girl Gigi.
P.S. This moment was epic.
Credits: Tom Brady’s Instagram @tombrady; Bella Hadid’s Instagram @bellahadid