I have written about social media as being overwhelming for me. I recently decided that it was time to cut back on social media- way way back. Blogging? No… heavens no! Writing is a hobby and I really enjoy blogging and writing but I have made a firm decision based on a myriad of factors, to ween off of facebook, twitter, and even deleted my LinkedIn account. It was time. It is not like I am always on it but then when friends and family notice and say “Your head is always down,” you start to wonder how much social media is too much? And yes, sadly this includes E-mail and all forms of social media.
This degree should vary from person to person. If you are checking facebook and E-mails in the middle of the night, chances are, you are an addict. When you are posting pictures constantly or updates constantly, you may have a problem. I love keeping in touch with friends and plan on doing so still but my goal in the first few weeks is facebook twice a week only. Twitter updates? Not sure on this one since blogging activities are posted there but probably the same rule. I really got over-friend managing social media sites and with the recent privacy issues on facebook, twitter and the like, I am just deciding to start cut some aspects of social media out. If I can reach the point where I can control it, I may not deactivate my account. But honestly, I want to live with my head up and not down in a phone. My eye sight is suffering too because of my back lit Iphone, so it was time.
These days social media is also a place of political postings, often ugly to one side or the other, and I have been guilty of this too. Twitter and facebook have actually made me angry and by blood pressure shoot up, and worse: I have lost friends over trivial things and miscommunications. Tone is so tough through social media and E-mail. I really do not want to have a forum with people I like where arguments ensue. So, this is another reason to cut back as well. Plus, does everyone really need to know everything in my life? Nah…. from time to time, it will be nice to catch up with those I want to catch up with, but hourly has proven to be way too much for me with all the other responsibilities I have in this short day.
I recently had to hide my Iphone or rather, had my kids hide it so if I could not find it, I could not look at it. It helped a lot. How much do you think is too much? How do you find that balance?
So, here goes nothing…. my New Year’s Resolution: to reduce the amount of time I spend on social media outlets. I will still write and I love writing. Look for my Blog Top 10 list soon and I will be on E-mail to stay in touch and conduct business but other than that, My resolution is: Go from “too much” to “just right”… to maybe someday, NONE at all.