Social Media is not just trendy, it’s an integral part of our culture and it is here to stay. We all play in the same playground but perhaps in different sand boxes. Whether it be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, Pinterest, and more, we are all broadcasting in real time, all the time. We are sharing the NOW.
Some of us use Social Media solely as an internet marketing tool for promoting business, while others consider it a viable platform in which to network, or a space to voice opinions, a place to connect with friends (both new and old), or just an arena to share and post personal photographs of exotic vacations, celebrations & weddings, beautiful babies & grandchildren, precious pets, delectable foods, quotable quotes, breathtaking sunsets, etc. Each of us are creating a traceable unique and personal timeline and sharing it with the universe. Everybody’s doing it, why not? It’s easy and it’s fun. Until it’s not.
One may also question, is it all real? Is everyone really that happy? Recent studies reveal that Facebook, in fact, can cause depression. Scrolling through people’s fabulous vacations, expensive purchases and adorable children, feelings of jealousy and resentment often emerge. News feeds are bursting with mostly positive things in other people’s lives, and there are notably far less people publicly whining about their sad or unhappy life.
So when life got in my way, I shifted my perspective and my priorities. Family and work were my focus. Mid-summer, (for reasons undisclosed) I fell off the grid and flew under the radar.
In life, things happen both good and bad that can derail you, steer you off track and veer you off course. These life events were personal and private and mentioned only to emphasize that for me, Social Media had to take a back seat. My life was interrupted and consequently, my minimal interactions reflected that I was disengaged. Were you aware? I wondered if anyone even paid attention. Some did notice my glaring absence and lack of visibility and took the time to reach out to me. It turns out that Facebook friends really are more than just fans. Go figure.
As an active user of many genres of Social Media, I hadn’t the time nor the inclination to engage. Life was too busy. Admittedly, any kind of Social Media sucks up way too much time. Sometimes it even feels burdensome. As a business owner, (by choice, sans a virtual assistant who could manage and monitor my posts for me) I feel a certain responsibility to maintain a Facebook presence and to keep my blogs flowing weekly, and foremost, rich in content. What I’ve recently learned is that although I write for YOU, I also write for ME. It’s 100% cathartic. I take pride in sharing my authentic self so when real time trumped screen time, I took the virtual pause that I needed.
It was beginning to feel more like a second job more than something I really enjoyed doing. I always say, “you know when you know,” and so I knew it was time to take that break. There were days after work that I never even walked into my office to sit at my computer, as usual. My phone kept me connected enough, and the down time was actually quite liberating. Life without Facebook felt a lot less frenetic and free of pretense. When it all became too much, disconnecting was a healthy relief.
But things weren’t all bad, there was plenty of good too. The greatest parts of summer were that the weather was stellar and my business was soaring! 🙂 (Hmm…caused me to rethink if Social Media is over-rated anyway)
But the very BEST part of this summer was that it ended with my daughter’s engagement!! I’m over the moon with excitement! She’s marrying her best friend and soul mate and I couldn’t be happier. Planning and preparing for this wedding has already begun to shift my perspective once again.
I’m back on course now, flying higher for sure. Enthusiastic and passionate…just a wee bit more insightful. Stay-tuned until the next blog. I’m back on the radar.