Disconnection: Can You Survive It?

People are asking, “What is Social Media Turning Us Into?”
Here’s one possible picture.  😉

Pumpkin people

One former Google project manager, Tristan Harris, once claimed that social media is “hijacking our minds.” Studies are revealing that social media inclines young people to depression.

This morning I read a thought-provoking article and decided to post the link here so you can read it, too, if you’re concerned about the overall effects of social media. Read Social Media Detox.

Christina Farr starts out saying, “I quit Instagram and Facebook and it made me a lot happier.” She tells how at one point she kept track of the time spent on social media — and it turned out to be a whole lot more than she’d ever estimated.

Does that surprise anyone?

I’ve never been on any of those social media, unless you count Linked-In, where I followed some writers’ groups. Finally I even gave that up, and GoodReads, which hasn’t done much more than take my time. The world is awash in book and wannabe writers trying to promote themselves — and some are quite successful, more power to them.

I’m probably one of those people who doesn’t manage time well, but at present it’s all I can do to post on my blog and follow some others, never mind all the Tweets, Twitters, Instagram, etc. that one can get involved in. Also, our church has always urged members to not get involved in Facebook and such-like.

If you can find a minute, do read this informative article, especially if you wonder how a person can survive without incoming messages. 🙂

 

15 thoughts on “Disconnection: Can You Survive It?

  1. I dumped the trifecta in March (and dating sites two years ago) and am much happier. I am on Goodreads & LinkedIn, but I don’t feel compelled to check them or chat with anyone there. I blogged about Twitter this morning!

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    • Good for you. And e-mail contact is precious, as long as it doesn’t degenerate into five-word flashes now and then. I think the key word is meaningful.
      Being such a perfectionist, I spend hours of “blogging time” every week writing and polishing what I publish, either as posts or as comments. I console myself that I’m collecting items for future reblogs and /or my next book. But I will admit that this is my main daily “social interaction.” I could — and maybe should — spend more of this time time talking on the phone to the people in my life. Something to think about.

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  3. An interesting article. I see FB as a necessary evil given that so many of my ‘real’ friends and family members are on it, as are many of the fellow travellers from around the globe with whom I’ve shared group trips. However, I’m more a reader than a contributor and often go days without diving in! Bring back pen and ink I say!

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    • Thanks for your comment. I’m wondering if this is what will finally happen: everyone will become readers and there won’t be the multitude of posts.
      It seems every group gets “top-heavy” in time. People like to “join the crowd”. We all add our notes to the latest TINKLE until the line gets so crowded our own notes are lost in the noise. One by one we start shutting off again.
      When I joined Critique Circle I was all enthused —and I still am— but when I see 500 new members joining every week and wanting to post their stories for critique, I see this can’t work for everyone for very long. If there’s no limit to new members, any great plan soon gets out of control. 🙂

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