I have given up on social media. I have personally found it to be time wasting and distracting. The benefits, if you can call them that, seem to be diminishing in to an ever decreasing vortex.
Facebook is the biggest. It probably always will be too. The serial entrepreneur Alan Sugar was once heard to say on his ‘The Apprentice’ TV show when addressing a hopeful loser to one of his challenges “The first to market, gets the market”. This is certainly true of the Zuckerberg empire. I only really used out of habit, to belong to the ever-increasing circle of people who were ‘on’ it.
There are only so many pictures of cats and food that I can take! And as for motivational quotes copied and pasted from another user…In the end I just used it to keep in touch with family members.
The habit of checking it every five minutes for absolutely no reason just died on its own. I asked myself ‘Was it really that important?’ I just saw no reason it keeping up the interaction in the end.
For Twitter it was a different story, over the last two years it seems to have become more politicised. A kind of echo chamber, where a certain dialogue is projected with the expectation of an agreeable response coming back. If it doesn’t, the exchange would follow a similar, well-worn path: I’ll state or comment on something. Then I’ll be asked for evidence, which is quickly dismissed as false/ lies/ plain wrong, followed by a questioning of ‘How could you say this?’. This gets countered by me, which will then warrant a reply (often in CAPS to impart importance or volume of reply) followed by another insult/ threat etc. All because I dared to have an opinion! Well I don’t know about you but I left school some time ago!
Instagram I deleted off of my phone, if I am honest I posted on there for the self esteem boosts I would get from the likes on my pictures. It got to the point where the ‘likes were the most important part of the process. Which, if you think about it makes the process irrelevant.
It’s easy to get into the hype of getting a high follow count. There was no real value in all the time I was spending on the site and so the logical thing was to avoid it altogether.
Then there is the recent study by Ethan Kross of Michigan University that Facebook makes you depressed! http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/how-facebook-makes-us-unhappy
Well that did it for me! Since leaving social media, my attention span has dramatically increased. This has led me to perform better at work, actually listen to people, as opposed to passively hearing them, when they are talking to me.
These are just opinions. People use social media for their own reasons and not every one of them will be the same as mine. I do know that I have just found that my own quality of life has increased since leaving and I don’t miss them at all.
Perhaps you would like to share your thoughts on this?