In our previous instalments of social media dos and don’ts, we discussed how to effectively use various social media platforms. This week, we’ll be taking a slightly different approach: instead of offering tips on how to get the most out of social media, we’ll be talking about the importance of regulating your use of social media.
Do: moderate your use of social media
It might be a little strange for a digital public affairs blog to be advising people to moderate their use of social media, but it seems that our society is getting to a point where we’re becoming oversaturated with social media.
Inventions like the much-hyped Google Glass are looking to bring individuals even closer to social media by having them wear a computer on their face. Personally, these kinds of devices scare me because I already feel I’m too connected by having a smartphone where I constantly get email and social media notifications.
While social media is a great tool for making connections and staying in touch with people, having to frequently respond to others and manage your digital presence can start to feel like a full-time job. In the following article about “always being on”, Jason Konopinski advises individuals about the importance of disconnecting and just taking time for yourself.
Don’t: reject social media altogether (unless you really want to)
Sometimes you may feel so overwhelmed by the flood of social media in your life, quitting it all may seem like the only solution, of course, this solution is not so simple. Social media helps to facilitate communication and knowledge-sharing between you and other individuals. We all have our reasons for using specific social media networks. Even though it’s possible to live without Facebook, having a Facebook account certainly makes doing certain things simpler like coordinating events and keeping in touch with friends overseas.
There are people who decided to quit social media for good and it worked out well for them, however, for others that might not be an option. For individuals in the latter category, it’s better to focus your strengths on having an online/offline balance where you don’t find yourself interacting more with people online than you do in person. After all, if you spend all your time trying to create an online image of how great your life is, you can miss out on actually experiencing life.