Am I Addicted? Or Simply Overwhelmed?

When MySpace, Facebook, and the like emerged, I was skeptical – why would anyone want to share their lives with strangers.

Flash forward several years and I’m firmly planted in the social media sphere. I blog, I post regularly to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram.  AND, people follow me- who knew?

Social media has allowed me to connect with amazing people and organizations. So why am I concerned?

Social media is a huge contributor to my ability to distract myself. Why concentrate on a story or editing when Facebook just updated?  Or, some one commented on my blog? Or, email just came through? Or, OMDog, I have a new Twitter follower?

Help! I’ve fallen into social media addiction and I can’t get up! (I know – bad)

I think it was David Henry Sterry who said to pick a time of day and dedicate that as my social media time. Schedule posts or reply to my blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.  Make no excuses, just do it.

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6 comments

  • Leila
    I am in total agreement with you. Until 2 years ago I eschewed social media altogether. Now I Facebook (is that a verb?), Tweet, Blog, LinkIn (definitely a verb)and Pinterest. Real life must now make an appointment if it wants to see me. 🙂

    • And real life is persistent. Doesn’t know we have other things to do? (hee)

  • I know exactly what you mean. And having a smart phone makes it even worse. I’m constantly checking e-mail, FB, Twitter . . . someone disconnect me!!

    • I’m weening myself off. I can’t completely turn off due to other responsibilities, but I’m setting times to deal with it. 🙂

  • Social media is sooooo time consuming. But it seems that if you want to e-publish, you must do it! Just leave time for a normal life too. Or is social media the new normal?

    • I’m going to have to update my brain’s motherboard to speed up the processing of all the information. 🙂

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