When the Holidays approach, some people sign off from social media to take time and reflect on what it means to them. Are they too attached to their mobile phone? Have they spent more time on social media than they should have?
I too take time every year to think back and to be honest with myself.
- Did I spent too much time online? Yes, but I also have excuses (see how those discussions go?)
- Did I meet any of my connections/followers? Yes!
- Should I set a limited time period for social media per day? But that doesn’t work! Some things have to get posted asap!
One thing that I have noticed in 2015 is that my social media platforms have all morphed into one blur.
LinkedIn used to be all business for me and now the main stream holds quizzes, math problems, an assortment of photography and riddles, and of course, the rants and raves that I usually saw on Twitter.
I joined Facebook reluctantly because my family uses it. (Yes, my professional blog’s FB page is attached to that account.) But there too the posts are more photography, quizzes, and riddles with only the occasional inquiry in how everyone’s doing. It feels more like a dumping site than anything else.
On Twitter, I see more and more link dumping without even the simplest explanation what the link stands for, lots of complaining with the expectation of sympathy without checking back on how those are doing who listened to your whining, and of course, the meanness that online interactions seem to attract.
There is less and less real interest in what so-called followers are really doing and more marketing pushing than before. If people speak up they are ridiculed that their need to feel appreciated or respected is childish or they get called names. And those tweets/posts get quickly out of hand.
How realistic is it to expect social media platforms to stay the same? Not at all. They all change constantly and adopt each other’s features. Like I said, at times they are all one identical blur.
So yes, I will be thinking again about how I use social media. I wanted to take a break for the month of December but that isn’t doable however, I will definitely cut back my time online during the winter break. I have already made several lists in Twitter to have accounts I want to see in one place.
Do you ever take a break over the Holidays? Do you rethink your use of social media now and then? Curious to hear your thoughts!