To social media, or not to social media? That is the question. At least for some.
I’ve been on both sides of the coin, like many people, and finally found the answer for me (more on that below).
There are arguments on both sides. “I use it to keep in touch with people.” If people are worth keeping contact with, we should already have the best method of contacting them (phone numbers and addresses). For the long distance relationships, video chatting services are opportunities to stay in touch.
If our goal is to notify all our “friends” with an update at once, then perhaps these networks are great. We don’t have to talk about the inability to define a friend. Nevertheless, it can become tedious to scroll through so many things that clutter up a news feed, a countless number of game requests, and more.
I stayed away from social networks, finally joined, went away for a long time, came back, and who knows where I’ll go. I enjoy many of the positive things I see floating around in cyberspace and can choose to limit the negative. The last sentence led me to realize that social media is not (necessarily) the problem.
I realized that it is equal to the persisting gun control debate. In life, tools or things aren’t the problems. The problems often stem from users and how they use them. Am I wasting too much time on social media? Nobody is going to force me to put it away. I must do this myself. Getting caught up in something on social media, feeling overwhelmed? Here’s some advice. Close the app, shut it down, smash the phone.
The decisions are for us when it comes to determining what we do with our time and social media.
For the creators of these sites, it is their business. We can decide to support them or not, and then we can choose how we use their services.
For advice on cutting social media check out how to cut the cord with your networks.