Birmingham’s newest LGBT+ networking event is being launched in March.
F**k Social Media will provide members of the LGBT+ community with the chance to meet up and make new friends in an event designed specifically to get you interacting.
Commenting on the new event, spokesperson Peter Warrington said: “With increased awareness of the pitfalls of social media, the epidemic of loneliness and the threat of development to the Birmingham gay village, this is a good time to get out and try to meet people while supporting our local gay venues”.
The event page for F**k Social Media can be found HERE
Read Peter's article below:
It’s Complicated: Rethinking Our Relationship With Social Media
Social media has utterly transformed our world and so many aspects of our everyday lives, opening us up to different aspects of society and allowing us to be a part of our friends’ lives in an unprecedented way. But this has come at a cost.
Before I start my ranting, here’s a little bit about me: I’m a gay man in my mid-to-late 20s who generally struggles to make strong connections with people, regardless of their gender, race, sexuality etc.
As a basically unsociable git, my experience with social media has been somewhat limited. I have a Facebook account, but I’ve never created accounts for Twitter or Instagram (shock horror!). I sometimes peruse Instagram profiles. In certain cases, this is an oddly disheartening exercise. When I see a single picture of a person that’s generated thousands of likes and just as many comments, I don’t perceive this ‘validation’ as a sign of their being popular; I see it as a sign that they’re a lonely person relying on connections with strangers to boost their self-esteem.
Within the gay community, Grindr and other hookup apps have had a substantial effect on our way of life and how we interact with each other. Numerous sources have implicated the development of online hookup culture as a factor in the decline of gay bars (https://econ.st/2GrLyOl) and the loss of an important element of our heritage. Its negative effect on our mental health has also been well documented (https://bit.ly/2BZG6ym).
From my perspective, Grindr has had the most impact on my social media usage. I’ve found that, through the mask of anonymity, people can take the opportunity to be extremely hurtful and hateful. Friends from different ethnic groups have told me about some truly horrid insults and slurs. Even minor actions, like blocking or ignoring someone, can make a lasting impact on the recipient and their sense of self-worth, even if the hurt caused wasn’t intended.
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