Social Media: Are We Too Connected?
Social media is all around us, that’s nothing new. Almost all college-aged students have at least a handful of the following: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Instagram, Yelp, Vine, heck even Google+. It seems almost monthly there is a new platform to share your life on through picture or video or 140 characters…but to some extent it’s getting to be too much.
Why Social Media Is Awesome
Aside from connecting people all over the world to share their ideas, create wonderful innovation, and most importantly share pictures and videos of cats, there is no denying that Social media is here to stay and has already been used for some revolutionary things; many of the Arab Spring protests were coordinated over social media sites. They also allow consumers to talk to companies and anyone else for that matter and in some cases get a response, many businesses take into account what their followers and Facebook friends have to say, and there isn’t much better than direct customer feedback…for free. You can even use them to find a job by building an amazing network of employers and contacts with LinkedIn. Honestly, the list goes on and on about why social media is the greatest, and I am one of the biggest proponents of it, but I want to give some food for thought on why, SOME of it may be just too much.
Why It’s Just Too Much
What I’m really trying to get at is that sometimes, you should just live your life and enjoy it. Do you ever think about how many times a day you pull your phone out of your pocket to check Facebook or Twitter every day? CNN did, and the magic number was up to 34 times a day, and most of these checks were within 10 minutes of each other. More and more our generation has become all about checking in, hash tagging, sharing, G+’ing, taking a picture to share on Instagram , reblogging and with the latest vine, we can now take short gif type videos to share with each other. We do this so much, that we forget how to appreciate what we have, where we are, or who we’re with. No one needs to see a video of you playing Frisbee with your dog, or 2000 pictures on Instagram of your spring break, memories are great and I’m all for remembering them, but at some point we need to disconnect and just live life.
To an extent I am a hypocrite, I’m a constant Tweeter, Facebooker, Instagramer and all that jazz. I’ve written articles on how to increase your social impact with Klout and will continue to use a lot of these sites until the next “big thing” comes out. But we should all realize, is that sometimes, the moment you’re living that’s so worth sharing to all your followers, doesn’t need to be…Sometimes, your sushi dinner doesn’t need to be put into X-ProII and hashtagged for Instagram… and ladies this one’s just for you… no one needs to see a “selfie” of a duck face every day, you have a smile use that instead.