There’d be more meet and greets. Meet and greets have dwindled compared to the era when there was no social media.
Do you remember a time when there was no social media? No Twitter, no Facebook, no YouTube, Snapchat or even MySpace? Well there was such a time and even in this time celebrities existed. And yes celebrities were still able to engage and connect with their fans.
What would Nigerian celebrities do if we had no social media? Pulse Nigeria explores this:
There’d be more meet and greets. Meet and greets have dwindled compared to the era when there was no social media. In the past ‘Meet and greets’ were promoted more - you knew in a month, Saint Obi would be at a mall in Surulere, Lagos connecting with fans and the turnout was always insane.
When last did you ask a celebrity for an autograph? These days, it's more about the ‘selfies’ we can share on Instagram and show off. Many of us grew up with autograph books filled with the signatures of several Nigerian stars. Now its all about collecting selfies.
Some social media users turn themselves into critics and counsellors and constantly dish out unsolicited advice and criticism. Some even go as far as insulting the celebrity for no just cause. If there was no social media, this wouldn’t happen as often as it currently does.
Critics would still exist, but the visible ones would be writers with columns in newspapers or personalities on radio or TV. And if a fan felt really disgruntled by a celebrity, they would write them a letter or attend a meet and greet they would be at.
People would protect their privacy more. In this age of social media, people constantly feel the need to share and end up putting out information ordinarily they should keep private.
Let’s be honest, there are celebrities out there who we don’t know what they do for a living except that for some reason, they are famous. Social media has enabled them promote themselves for mastering the art of being them. If there was no social media, we would be able to identify and celebrate real talent more.
In some aspects social media is a bit of a facade representing and filling the void of what’s not really there. In recent times, psychologist have blamed Instagram for nervous breakdowns - the need to keep up with the Jones ends up affecting people negatively mentally and emotionally.
There are quite a few celebrities who decline to take pictures with fans. Maybe it's because of the advent of technology and social media. The process shared by many fans is: see celebrity, take picture, upload on social media instantly. Almost everyone has a smartphone and is on social media - obliging to take pictures with fans can sometimes be overwhelming and tiring for the artist.