5 Social Media Tactics Freshers Deal With Homesickness

I’ve noticed quite a few ways freshers (including myself) communicate with their friends and family via social media, so here is an unstructured framework of that. Maybe a tad more geared towards international students. Specifically Asians. Maybe not.

  1. Facebook
    • Sharing friendship anniversaries “___ and ___ are celebrating 6 years of friendship on Facebook!” complete with the video no one watches that has the weird translucent overlapping coloured faces with “Hey __ &___” thumbnail
      • Warning: irritating when overabused
    • Tagging your long-distance pals in memes a couple times per week is enough to let them know you’re still thinking of them, or videos with those black bars:
      • Top bar (please notice the blaring caps)
        • WHO DID THIS
        • I FEEL BAD FOR LAUGHING
        • WAIT FOR IT
        • I CAN’T BREATHE
        • DYING
        • I DON’T KNOW HOW I FEEL ABOUT THIS
        • TRY NOT TO LAUGH
      • Bottom bar contains exactly 3 crying/laughing emojis – no more, no less
  2. Line calls
    • 90% of communication with family – extremely great for group conversations (unlike WhatsApp) but for moderately active members >10, mute conversation (e.g. society circles)
    • Effectively conveys exact feelings + mood because of the cute stickers
    • Includes scratchy video calls and poor connection, freezing up at the most unflattering facial expressions (which you have to subsequently screenshot)
    • Emoji expressions can be incorporated during video calls (I especially like the beads of sweat one)
    • Recommendation: calling family via Line in the mornings before lecture as you eat breakfast for efficiency
  3. Voice recordings
    • Incredibly useful for on-the-go communication
    • Best for use with close friends, either Facebook messenger or Line (though Facebook messenger has a 60 second limit, but Line is limitless)
    • For terrible texters (like me)
    • Expect awesomely awkward moments at the end of each Facebook messenger 60 second recordings including: “Um, yeaAAahh…” “Cool cool…” “So, yeah…”
    • …and equally as awkward beginnings of the next recording, or perhaps the last recording was cut off by the person’s excited speech: “My thumb got ahead of me”, “Oh I just got cut off”, “Oh whoops”, “LOL”
    • A Facebook conversation filled with seventeen recording bars is something to look forward to listening to while making dinner or on the toilet
    • Don’t feel obliged to reply as soon as you read the messages and don’t feel obliged to also plan what you will say (spontaneity is key)
    • Oh-so-exciting when you open a chat and see a page of long blue bars one after the other filled with the voice of a rambling friend you love
  4. Facetime
    • Less commonly used mode of conversation; more with pals in the U.S. or with conversations you know will last longer than 2 hours long (“Okay, so…” is a typical signpost)
    • Will eat up battery; best to do in your dorm/accommodation room near a charger so you can also put on speaker while you snack
    • Best on Friday nights (because so lit)
  5. Instagram
    • Occasional #ThrowbackThursday #TBT posts and if you’re in the U.K., expect photos from summer with captions concerning the weather (e.g. “Omggg I miss this weather and you” “Missin this dude”)
    • Personally not a fan of this method

Ignoring Skype in this list because that is a given, and is usually a secondary communicative device anyways since you organize the call via the methods listed above. Oh, and I don’t have Snapchat.

©TMK

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