Notice how I don’t have links to social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram? That’s because I don’t have any. The only one I’ve ever used is Facebook, and I completely abandoned Facebook about 3 years ago.
What was it that made me walk away from probably the most popular and universal form of communication? It was the way I felt when I was on Facebook.
I remember starting my Facebook page when I was in college. It was like a drug. I wanted to log on all the time, I thought about it when I wasn’t on, and I was always wondering if I would “miss” something good or interesting. Eventually the “love affair” died down and I was probably a typical Facebook user for a few years. But…
I couldn’t help but notice that 95% of what I was reading fell into one of three categories:
- useless and/or uninteresting information that had no relevance to my life
- narcissism/bragging/gratuitous attention seeking
Precious little on my feed fell outside those parameters. And yet I was spending a decent amount of leisure time scrolling and scrolling and scrolling. And I thought, “Why?” I didn’t feel better or happier or more fulfilled after logging on to Facebook. I didn’t connect with people in a better way. I am not interested in Twitter at all, and in fact can’t truly understand the appeal of it. Instagram seems a bit intriguing because I enjoy looking at pictures, but I have not started an account.
I know a lot of people use social media to connect…but for me, it would be forced. I only want to do something that comes genuinely. I have been able to find everything I need and want, without social media. I still find out about family members and pertinent happenings.
The drawback is that, as someone with a blog, I’m missing a lot of potential traffic to my blog because I do not take part in social media. But I am OK with this. I started my blog as a personal creative outlet. My secondary reason for my blog is to talk about my experiences with living an eco-friendly, all-natural lifestyle.
There may come a time in the future that social media may be integrated into my website – I have definitely learned to “never say never” – but for now, I am keeping it simple and not using social media, personally or for my blog.
What are your thoughts on this topic?