My Love/Hate Relationship with Social Media

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Most of the time, I love social media. I’m the first to admit, I may be addicted and I’ve started to see some downside to social media that’s been eye-opening. I feel naked without my phone. My default behavior is to automatically check my Twitter, Insta or FB feeds if I’m experiencing any sort of wait time.

Here’s alist of my pros & cons for social media as I try to change it up. I’d love to hear about your experiences…of course, just tweet or FB me! 🙂

 

Pros                                                                            Cons

I can see what’s happening in the lives of some.        Can’t possibly see all!

This is happening more frequently…I run into a friend who expects that I’ve seen their FB post and seems annoyed when I haven’t & they actually have to tell the story!

Amazing access to otherwise unreachable people.      They can’t respond to all comments.

I’ve been lucky to connect with journalists, thought leaders, celebs and such and have a pretty high response rate. It’s thrilling to be heard & wonderful to be able to acknowledge the inspiration that I’ve gotten from them but I realize it’s just one blip of many thousand for them.

I feel like I never waste a minute, always ‘busy’ online.     Busy Doesn’t Equal Productive

There are other things I could be doing that actually lead me closer to a goal.  I’ve switched up some of my online grazing time for listening to podcasts, writing or actually communicating. As Oprah says, “Just Say Hello! A simple hello can lead to a million things.” So true, it’s nice to connect with someone while waiting in line at the coffee/grocery store/car wash…We don’t all have to be checking social media. 

It’s an amazing business tool.                                              No cons about that!

It’s an amazing resource for inspiration.                              No cons about that!

Wait, maybe there are cons…It’s an amazing tool for biz if you actually follow through with what you’ve found online. And the inspiration feels good immediately after reading a Buddha quote but we have to take action on the inspiration too. 

It all comes back to balance. When my head begins to spin from too much online activity, I know when to stop, unplug and go for a walk on the beach or meet someone for coffee or most importantly talk to my family. My non-negotiable morning yoga ritual also really helps with digital detox. 

Awareness is the first step to keeping things in check.  It’s completely exciting to get lost online and let one post lead to another and yet another, ‘meet’ someone you didn’t know who is doing incredible things in life or biz.

The access is unlimited and eventually leads to overwhelm for me. So, I’m making changes. Trying to figure it all out by maximizing the time I spend online while balancing it out being unplugged, outside (alone and with others) and following through on what I’ve learned online. 

How are you balancing your social media with family, friends & goals?

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I usually end my blogs with this & I do still mean it!  Let’s connect on Twitter  & Facebook  if we’re not already. 🙂

I also offer small biz consulting/coaching if you’d like more inspiration and direction. 

enjoy your day~

Sandy