by Mare Ball at ADVENTURES IN THE BALLPARK
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I'm struggling with social media this week. I've discovered something disturbing.
When I'm not on facebook, twitter, or pinterest for 3-4 days or more - I don't really miss it. I actually kind of forget about them. How can this be good?!?! I'm a writer - I need those networks!
Still. When I take a break...it's really nice.
A young friend of mine decided to give up facebook after a decade of checking in daily. I was stunned. Her generation created social media, they have mastered it and loved it and lived by it.
Still. She'd had enough. She realized 80% of the people she was friends with, she didn't really know or care that much about. She could count on one hand her true friends and realized she talked to them on the phone anyway. Maybe it all had something to do with nearing 30. Her career is taking off, she's thinking about starting a family with her husband, and social media was just wasting too much time.
I admit, I often feel like that. When I just "check" facebook, two hours disappears. I can't even tell you the time pinterest sucks up.
Luckily, I'm not as compelled by twitter. I check in once a day, but it doesn't draw me in like the other two. I thank God for this. I don't need to be enslaved by another screen.
I wonder if these forms of social media will last. People are beginning to gripe about facebook - its advertising and the way it controls the news feed. We're beginning to have to pay to get the exposure we used to get for free. Is it just another addiction we're going to regret five years from now?
Pinterest is way cool, and I hope it's around for awhile, but I wonder what changes are ahead there as well. Are any ideas really your own anymore? I've posted crafts I thought were mine, but as I scrolled the boards, I saw my ideas already there. How can this be? Are there really only seven original ideas in the entire world? Maybe we're not as creative as we think we are.
Google +? I really don't get that one. I have a profile there, but I don't get it. It seems like the facebook nobody goes to. I'm sure I'm wrong on this, but I'm not sure there's room in my head for another endless scroll.
Am I alone here? How are you handling the social media formats? What's your favorite? What do you think will be fizzling out in five years?
Scroll weary at the Ballpark,