My sister is currently taking a break from Facebook. Why? She was tired of the drama.
“Tired of the drama”, as it pertains to social media, can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. My sister was tired of the cryptic messages from “so called” friends, messages hoping to guilt Facebook friends to draw out their issues.
For social media marketers, the drama comes with the constant battle to remain relevant while battling to get your ideas and shared articles seen by the audience you’ve carefully cultivated.
Social media has many benefits, making it easy to love. These benefits include:
Keeping up with friends and family who live far away
Reconnecting with friends and peers from our past
Connecting with prospects and peers within our industry
Staying on top of the latest news
and more …
However, there are two sides to every story and keeping up to date on social media isn’t all sunshine and smelling the roses. Some social woes include:
Anonymity breeding contempt and poor behavior
It can be a HUGE timesuck
Strong opinions shared can cause equally strong response
Sarcasm can be hard to spot digitally, leading to hurt feelings
and more …
The lists for both the pros and cons of social media activity could continue on for quite some time. And, funnily enough, what’s a pro to you might perceived as a con by your best pal or closest colleague.
There’s no denying that social media, in some shape, form or platform, is certainly here to stay. There’s also no denying that social media elicits some pretty strong emotions, from love to hate and all the steps in-between.
Where do you stand on the social media emotional timeline? Do you still love every last bit of it? Do you shake your head at the silliness and lack of sensitivity? Or are you ready to take a lengthy hiatus?
– Special Guest Blogger: Mallie Hart, Go Creative Go & The Social Solutions Collective
2 thoughts on “The Social Media Sabbatical”
Social Media can be time consuming and a bit over the top at times. The people that annoy me, I just use the “hide” feature. It works wonders!
But I do like the fact that I can keep up with friends and family I don’t normally talk to on a day to day basis. My favorite part is seeing posts of the kids…not too many though! People can go over board with that too.
When I don’t want to be bothered, I just dont long in. It’s that simple 🙂
Time consuming indeed! Just not logging in is definitely a way to avoid spending too much time online!
Thanks for engaging loft313!