Reading Vince Vaughn’s perspective on why he doesn’t use social media is a reminder to those using too much social media that it isn’t that important.
(admittedly, this piggybacks on Monday’s post on Gina Carano, see: Hey Star Wars Hardcore Fans, Stop Trying To Get People Fired For Being Ignorant on Social Media)
“I’ve never been a big social media person,” Vaughn explained. While he says he has “a lot of friends who enjoy it,” the Old School star admits he’s “never really engaged in social media all that much.”Why ‘Freaky’ Star Vince Vaughn Doesn’t Use Social Media
Put us in the group that didn’t care that much for Vince Vaughn’s most recent movie, but I like him as an actor. He’s proven to be more versatile than many that would just take the same safe role. He’s taken on some unexpected projects that surprised me. His facial expressions are a bit generic at times and I don’t find his brand of comedy hilarious, but I can see and appreciate his general style. He brings flavor to the roles he’s in that’s noticeable. I like that.
What he’s saying about his use of social media is especially interesting.
If we read between the lines, this is a refreshing reminder that some, predominantly the younger generation today it seems, rely far too much on social media for what’s important in the world. Don’t misunderstand me, there are some grandparent types my age going hog wild on Twitter and Instagram too.
Does it really matter, though? I mean, will you be remembered for what you posted on social media? Who will be? Maybe those with a gadzillion followers. Those influencers that make a living maintaining a huge following. The vast majority of the rest of us? Doesn’t really matter.
Yes, including some celebrities like Vince Vaughn.
Mostly strategically, I’ve used Twitter and Facebook since they were both released. I’ve been on this internet since dial-up days and have blogged, off and on, since 1999. That makes me a dinosaur online. I haven’t used Instagram that much and never used Tiktok. There are plenty of other sites I have used and don’t use that have enjoyed various fad-like popularity. My use of these social media platforms by and large, historically, has been promotional, not personal.
I don’t mean my accounts are spam accounts, they aren’t, but if you look at my Twitter for example, these days it’s mostly posts from this blog. When my last book was published (yikes, almost 10 years ago now!) I wrote more about that project. I figured that information would be interesting and useful to those who were interested in reading my book, or might be interested in me as an author. Sometimes, rarely, I’ll like or retweet something interesting, creative, curious, funny or inspiring some other type of emotion. What emotion that is of mine isn’t always stated. Herein lies the danger of ascribing too much relevance to what somebody “likes” online.
I think what Vaughn was being asked is why he wasn’t using social media to promote projects he’s in. That’s a fair question in 2020. His answer is actually smart. If he gets in for just promotion, then he won’t be as “popular” most likely as other actors who work more personal info into their social media presence.
Of course, by revealing more personal information on his life, he also risks being misunderstood, misquoted and maligned. That’s what brevity on Twitter can do if you say something brief or, gasp, you like something that is unpopular.
Since when did liking a tweet or retweeting something become indisputable evidence of skullduggery on a person’s part? For some, it has. The obsessive social media users need to get outside more. Go offline. Stop obsessing over everything someone says, does, likes, dislikes, etc on social media.
Maybe Vince Vaughn is smarter than we realize. His choice not to engage at all on social media vs. the President of the United States tweeting everything he can think of looks sage-like. Sometimes diarrhea of the mouth becomes diarrhea of the soul.