You probably have something more important to do, but maybe you’ll find these paragraphs Valuable.
Angie and I have been having a lot of discussions lately about the Value of Social Media in our lives. It is quite likely that you haven’t noticed my dramatic reduction in Facebook posts/activity over the last 6 months, but I have made the conscious effort to go on Facebook for less than 10 minutes a week total. I do this mostly because the value of a Facebook discussion (I use that term loosely), for me, is pretty low. Mostly I just find myself getting frustrated, so I deliberately reduced the amount of time I spend engaging with posts on Facebook. Sometimes I would even write a response and instead of hitting the post button, I would delete it. I found that action usually makes me feel a lot better. But your opinion and voice is important!! You should engage. Well, in terms of outcomes, chances are really good that I wasn’t going to change any minds and only would have succeeded in making tempers rise. This was not how I wanted to spend my time.
I know I am not the only one who has felt this way about Facebook discussions and I wasn’t sure what to do about it, but I knew I had to do something. So, I started viewing Social Media sites as “physical places” that I go to on the Internet. I wouldn’t regularly hang out somewhere if I knew I was going to get into nasty arguments in the “physical” world, so why should I regularly spend my time there in the “virtual” world? Example: If I walk into a bookstore or a library, I might have a conversation with someone about books, but I might not. Sometimes I just go, browse or skim things that interest me, and then leave without buying or checking anything out. So, that is how I have been treating my time on all Social Media sites.
Apparently people spend close to two hours a day on Social Media. (https://www.socialmediatoday.com/marketing/how-much-time-do-people-spend-social-media-infographic) .
This doesn’t surprise me and many of the kids I teach say they spend “A Lot” more than that. I know Social Media platforms are designed to be addictive and there are many reasons people use them. However, I asked myself “What other activities am I not participating in that may give my life more enjoyment (meaning) in place of Social Media?” There is a direct correlation between Social Media, Smart Phones, and the Rise of Anxiety in Teens. I am certain there is a similar correlation in Adults as well. Maybe if I wasn’t on Social Media sites, then I might find I am happier with life.
Since significantly reducing my Facebook/Social Media time, I have spent more time working on my house, reading great stories, writing music, spending time with my family and meditating. Notice I didn’t say “write or read tons of Blog Posts.” Am I happier? Absolutely!
If you took the time to read this, Thank You, and I hope that you got something of Value from it. Because I will be the first to tell you that if you are not getting something of Value from your time spent, then in all seriousness stop and move on because you have more important things to spend your time on.