That’s it. I’m going on a social media diet. I’m doing a Facebook cleanse and a Twitter detox. I’m requesting a Pin-tervention and checking myself into Over-Instgrammers Annonymous.
Social media is destroying my attention span–and, quite possibly, my entire freaking life. Constantly checking status updates on a slew of social networking sites from my computer, phone and/or tablet prevents me from living in the moment.
I spend most of my workday on social media sites, searching for story ideas, connecting with others in the industry and broadcasting blog posts through our various channels. I also manage to keep up to date on what folks are doing, seeing, buying and eating throughout the day.
And then when I get home, I log on to Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, despite the fact that I’ve already spent a decent chunk of my day mentally absorbed in these virtual spaces. I mindlessly scroll through my Friends’ updates in my Newsfeed, halfheartedly digest the latest tweets and re-pin crafty decor ideas I already know I will never try at home.
Imagine what I could have accomplished in the countless hours I’ve devoted to liking, pinning, favouriting, following, unfollowing, tweeting, commenting, hastagging and creeping on various social media sites. Huge things! I could’ve accomplished huge, gargantuan-sized things, guys.
I’m not condemning social media; I actually really love it. I have seen how these platforms work as incredible marketing tools and I enjoy connecting with people in this medium. But after spending a day jumping from site to site, I feel depleted from information overload. My brain is exhausted after spending hours trying to calculate whether a link is worthy of my investment (translation: a click), and deciphering what information is pertinent and that which is utterly banal.
Of course, the irony is that I am only adding to that sound and fury every time I update my status with a hot-off-the-press link to Love Write Now or 2 For Couples Weddings. I guess this further illustrates how dependent upon this technology we (I) have become and the complex relationships we’ve created with it. I can’t quit it entirely–just as a food dieter cannot stop eating–but I have to stop my compulsive consumption.
So I will try life with Social Media Lite, the aspartame-free alternative to the full-fat version of my recent binging. It will be tough to limit my daily screen time, but I think I can get through it…with a little help from my (Facebook) friends, of course.