Social is a fact of life for many of us. We check Facebook to see what our friends are up to, post images to Instagram to give everyone we know a visual representation, tweet or check tweets on an event or global happening, and check YouTube for funny cat videos and how to-dos. But it’s easy for us to get led off course when it comes to Social Media and how we perceive life around us.
Social Media is just that, media that is social. Social is talking as friends or colleagues, and if you disagree, you agree to disagree and move on. You welcome new opportunities, thank those who need it, and give “high fives” with likes, comments and favorites. Unfortunately, for many, it has become a dumping point for the problems or complaints about themselves, family, friends, or organizations. It is not a one way street or popularity showcase of who did what and who did what wrong.
Social media is just a snap shot of what is going on. I have seen a few different articles lately about how social media, especially the most common of which is Facebook, can lead to depression (or at least aggravate it). People see the happy snap shots of other’s lives and compare, contrast, get jealous or gloat. Social media is meant to share with those you care about, or keep up with companies you are interested in – but should not be a means of social comparison. Those sites had their day with sites like “Hot or Not”. If using a site upsets you that might signal not to use it anymore. Social media shouldn’t control your life, if you spend more time focusing on what social media has to say then what is in front of you (and you are not making a living at it), it might be time to consider some changes.
Anything can be subjective, including how you consider and interact with social media sites. Most importantly, use common sense and I encourage you to use the rule of thumb, “if you wouldn’t act or say something like that in real life to someone’s face, then don’t do it on social media”. Remember, everything you say, post, comment on, or like on social media is now in the public no matter how much you try to hide it or how quickly you delete it. No assumptions of true privacy can be made.
~ Nolan Overton,
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