The Internet, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and the world of hashtags have become the ‘go to’ communication of choice in this hectic life we live.
I have embraced them all (probably a little too enthusiastically at times – or so my children tell me!). I talk to my husband and if we don’t know something I say “don’t worry I’ll just google it!”
So do you think I’m addicted?
How to tell if someone is addicted to Social Media?
- they open their eyes and immediately reach for the smartphone to check their social media
- they know how many followers, likes and comments they have
- they have to use instagram for almost any event – everyone does don’t they?
- they have pinterest boards about pinterest boards
- they know how to post once across many social mediums
- they constantly change their status on facebook
- they check their social media at least every 5 minutes in case there is a new ‘like’ or even better a ‘friend request’
- they get excited at the prospect of who might have left a comment
- they can do almost anything while simultaneously checking their newsfeed
- they know what has happened before it has happened
Ok, ok, I think I have confessed to MOST of the above – Now is the time for you to confess – come on its time to fess up. How many of the above did YOU tick off?
Most of us have at one time or another woken up and grabbed their smartphone to see how many ‘likes’ or ‘friend requests’ they have on ‘Facebook’, who has ‘tweeted’ what, what new photos are on ’Instagram’ and what people have ‘pinned on Pinterest’. Or is that just me? Oh my goodness I don’t think there is hope for me!
I’m trying to have a social media free day each week although haven’t decided what day yet LOL 🙂
Yes, I know that nothing beats a good old fashioned ‘face to face’ conversation or telephone call, however realistically in today’s hectic world, technology can provide a quick and easy way to still keep in touch.
[bctt tweet=”A quick text or post on Facebook can remind friends and family that you are thinking of them.”]
If someone ‘likes’ one of my posts I feel good, it shows they care enough to click the ‘like’ button and it also makes me pause and think of them.
Facebook is a favourite of mine as I love to connect with family and friends. I have reconnected with family and also school friends who I had lost touch with and it’s great to see what they are doing. It is a great way for people who are confined to home through illness or live in isolated places to keep in touch with the world.
Again as long as we don’t over use the medium and try to keep the posts meaningful then I think it’s great. Remember what is put into cyberspace, stays in cyberspace for all to see.
I’m sure we have all been guilty when first using facebook to post about everything including what we had for breakfast!!
When my gorgeous grandson was born, his parents asked that we not post to facebook. “What???? I’m a grandmother we have to post photos to facebook!” I had posted photos of all my other grandchildren and thought this was very strange. Again another learning experience for me – not everyone wants to be a public person and live their lives through social media.
This doesn’t mean that they won’t post to facebook, but in their own time and for special occasions and also to avoid overexposure. I respect their wishes and at least my grandson won’t be turning 21 and being embarassed by photos his parents had posted thinking they were cute but in hindsight very embarrassing.
In fact, future employers are now checking facebook profiles as part of the decision making process so be careful what selfies you post! You are leaving a digital footprint for all time which is a combination of everything you post and also not just restricted to those you know. Here is a great link especially for children explaining the consequences of what you post http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/Kids/Get%20the%20facts/Digital%20footprint.aspx
Twitter and Instagram introduce you to the world of hashtags – I didn’t know what they were until recently and had to ask my children what they were. I have only just started using these because of my blog and joining twitter.
The internet provides instant access to information – some sources reliable and others not so reliable. Like everything there are those that will abuse or use it in sinister ways such as cyberbullying and the underworld of ‘Groomers’ or ‘online predators’ who are a threat to our children. However, there are steps we can take to protect our loved ones.
The key is BALANCE between utilizing and checking social media and leaving your smartphone switched off and having time away to enjoy life.
[bctt tweet=”The New Age of Social Interaction is here to stay so don’t fight it – use it wisely. “]
I am happy to say I am addicted to Social Media!