As much as I love my social media (hell, I even do it for a job), there’s times when it can get overwhelming. Social media has it’s pluses, you can keep up to date with your friends, family, latest news and passions easily from your very own phone. But when your phone constantly buzzes with notifications and a few hours of neglect will have tonnes of notifications demanding your attention, sometimes it makes me wonder…is this all worth it? When does it all get too much?
Quitting social media is something that I’d never fathom, I’m too much of an information junkie to even consider it. But there have been times, when everyone’s voices, thoughts and opinions will get so overwhelming, that I can’t even hear my own anymore.
What are my thoughts and opinions, are they simply echoing what I’m seeing from others? Are they formed by bits and pieces of other people’s 140 character mental trajectories that somehow pile up in my head? Because with social media, we don’t get the time to think. Everything is quick, immediate and a well timed post can lead to topical social commentary, where if you comment a few hours later, it will already be old news.
Everyone has their own agenda on social media, whether it’s to sell you a product, to announce an exciting life event or to feel empathy for the latest world tragedy. Sometimes it’s to show off their baby and/or pets, share what they’re eating or to rant about the dodgy person they unfortunately ended up next to on the bus. How much of this is “information critical”? How many of these can we go about without it impacting our daily lives – except for absorbing our limited brain capacity?
I use Facebook, Google Hangouts, Whatsapp, Snapchat and Steam to communicate with my friends and family, Instagram, WordPress and Twitter to keep up with the latest happenings in the bookish world and not to mention email and SMS. Quitting or shutting off any one of these apps or platforms, will probably impact the relationships I have with the people who prefer to use it not to mention miss out on news and opportunities. Why isn’t there just ONE app where all the action happens? #entrepreneurship101
While it’s incredibly neat getting personalised information through the social media channels and accounts which you choose to follow, sometimes I just want to sift it all into an “off” or “important only” button. Or perhaps, that’s just the “off” button to my phone and a “tune out” switch in my brain (if only it were that easy!).
I crave quality social interaction and unfortunately, the bit of plastic and mental and Android coded hardware has become it. For once, I’d like to sit at a cafe with my friends and actually have a quality conversation for once, without someone pulling out their phone or instagramming their meal or texting their other friends or checking that their town hasn’t been raided.
That’s just what our world has become today. We’ve never been more connected – and disconnected – than ever before.
Do you get overwhelmed by social media?
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