Pimp as defined by Webster’s dictionary – a man who controls prostitutes and arranges clients for them, taking part of their earnings in return.
How does a pimp gain control of said prostitutes? By making them think they need him, does this concept sound familiar to you? It should.
Social media has and will always be “our” pimp, how so? You might ask. Let’s look a little closer at our pimp friend called social media; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and various blogging websites including WordPress. What’s the main focus of an individual utilizing any of these outlets on any given day? Getting noticed/attention of any kind; “likes”, retweets, reposts and whatever happens on Tumblr (I’m not absolutely sure what Tumblr is, even though I have Tumblr, peep the social media pimp game? smh)
“How many followers or friends you got?” You ain’t shit if it’s anything less the one thousand boo boo.
What do those “likes” and retweets mean? They mean other people (people you probably don’t know, but for some reason you care about how they view you) like what you have to say or enjoy your witty or not so witty awkward comments, or the selfie of you in your bathroom that isn’t any different from the other thousand or so pictures of you in your bathroom, at the beach, at your cousins cookout, or in a club. They essentially give you a false sense of importance.
Want to know how I know? How long have you gone without checking one of your many social media applications on your phone? Ahhhhhhh now you’re getting it (or at least I hope you are) Social media is your pimp homie, sorry to be the one to tell you, but it’s made you think you need it to be “social”, it’s made you believe it’s the only way to get yourself out there where the “people” can see you, the only way to brand yourself or your business.
You give it your money willingly, yes you do want to know how? Why are you showing off those new shoes or earrings you purchased immediately after you purchased them? Because you purchased them for your pimp social media, so that social media can reward you with “likes”, follows and comments.
All of your hashtags and grandstanding is just another way to get social media to notice you, because you feel less than when you aren’t being noticed. Your pimp social media did that to you, social media made you think the number of followers, friends, “likes” and retweets are all a measure of some kind of invisible social media success.
You even call yourself a public figure now because you have soooooo many followers, errrbody know’s who you are, YES! you made it! you even get free shit sent your way by companies looking to use you as a free marketing tool.
How do you free yourself from your pimp social media? Put down your phones/computers/tablets and live life instead of pretending to live it for likes…