Social Media Frenzy
I spend way too much time on social media. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pintrest, sip of coffee, repeat. First thing every morning and more times a day than I care to admit.
I’ve read reports that spending an average of eight to ten hours per week on social networking websites qualifies as obsessive behaviour.
Created as a way to connect, my social media obsession is now leaving me feeling disconnected and depressed. Because let’s be honest, no one shares the s#*t. Instead, I’ve learned that you:
- live in a nicer house
- went to a fancier party
- have successful, beautiful children
- are on a more exotic vacation
- baked more delicious-looking cookies
- got a cuter outfit
- know more beautiful and/or famous people
- have bigger boobs and a flatter stomach
- take better photographs. (Does everyone have a professional grip following them around because my selfies and décor vignettes do not look like that.)
It’s almost worse when I post something myself. Here’s a day in my mental life of checking social media feeds:
7 am check all sites including Twitter. I lost 2 followers overnight. What did I do???? I was sleeping! Why former followers, why?
10 am, post Instagram photo. 10:10 am, no activity. 10:34 am, excited! Got two likes. 11:37 am, only one more like. Things will surely pick up when people go on lunch. Vow to check every hour at most…
12:36 pm, nearly made it to the hour mark. Why aren’t at least my best friends liking Ruby’s (upteenth) photo? Sheesh, I could really use their support here.
1:47 pm check latest blog post. What, only 3 likes? I thought people would be interested in learning to dye their own clothes. Cross promote on Twitter, Linkedin and Facebook. Next week vow to write about something with wider appeal.
10:21 pm, last Instagram check before bed… 21 likes, yippee!
And so it goes.
Studies have found that social media is the perfect playground for the self-absorbed. (And bored, I’d like to add.) Knowing that really makes me determined to cut back. A counter-argument, Psychology Today reports that a “like” on Facebook can be a good self-esteem booster, albeit a short lived.
Also on the plus side, social media is still a good way to stay connected with far-flung friends. I get much of my breaking news from Twitter and I’ve picked up some good recipes via Pintrest.
But I do recognize when I’m spending too much time online. Instead of relentlessly checking email, shoe sales and social media feeds, I’m going to pick up that book, head to the gym or better yet, take a photography course. Instagram, watch out!
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