This is not the first post or the last you will ready in regards to social media. So long as we have social media around; we will either hate it or love it. It will either cause problems or create some good like spread a positive message.
Why do we have some many platforms though and do we need them? I don't think so...
I have/had an account in: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumbler, Pinterest, Linkedin, YouTube, Google Plus. Now, I'm tired just writing all those out let alone keeping up with all the accounts. It's a full time job to just have them.
Recently, I felt the need to reassess how I was spending most of my days. I found myself spending tons of time online and looking at a screen. I missed out on a lot. I wanted it to change. So, I deleted some of my social media accounts! Yup sure did. I have to admit it was kinda hard to at first. I didn't want to miss out on anything!
What a contradiction! I didn't want to miss out on anything online yet I was missing out on things in person.
So what accounts did I delete and why?
Well for starters I deleted my LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn is like a professional Facebook for those looking for a job or wanting to connect career wise. To me, it is not all that easy to use sometimes. There are a lot of features that you have to pay for as well. I deleted my LinkedIn because I never saw any benefit out of it. No one contacted me to collaborate or job offers. It basically was a way to have my resume public. Frankly in this day in age I am not comfortable with that anymore.
The next one I got rid of was SnapChat. It was a huge time waster! If you think about how much time it takes to stop, snap a pic and then to post it is outrageous. You could spend up to 5-10 minutes per picture just posting it. Lets not add in the time it takes to respond to those who respond back to your picture posts. You could be spending up to an hour or more for one picture added up throughout the day. It is just not worth it to me.
Vine and Vimeo seem to be really popular these days. They are similar to snapshat in that instead of posting a picture you are posting videos. Vimeo is a longer video format. Again kind of a waste of time. The time it takes to again post the videos then respond to anyone who comments or posts back can be time consuming.
I got rid of my twitter as well. Twitter is great to share you little thoughts throughout the day with others who want to chime in. Me...I don't particularly care to share every little tiny thought that pops into my mind throughout the day. I am way to private for that. And again, when you add up all the time you spend on the computer (or phone) tweeting your thoughts; responding to others, you could be wasting up to 1-2 hours.
So, I got rid of LinkedIn, Twitter, Snapchat, Vine and Vimeo. As of currently, I am not interested in other platforms like periscope, fliker and other similar platforms. The time it takes to spend on the platforms posting, responding, interacting is not worth it anymore to me. For every minute you spend online is another minute you miss interacting with your friends, family (or animals if you are like me). The time spent away is time you can never get back.
The hardest part of deleting the accounts was the shocking feeling that I was going to miss out on things. I wasn't going to be in the loop anymore. Let me help you.... ITS FALSE...
The feelings you feel that keep you attached to the social media are addictive feelings to wanting to feel like you belong. It is okay to feel that way. Just know it is not healthy. You will NOT be missing out on anything if you delete most of your social media accounts.
I did keep some social media accounts. Going completely off the grid is not necessary to free up more time and declutter your social media. I am writing another post that goes more into detail on which platforms I chose to stay with and how I use them.
Stay tuned my lovelies!
Author: Courtney Rasbach
Courtney loves God, nature, horses, homemaking, essential oils, herbs, Yoga, and Natural horsemanship. Learn more about the author in her Bio section.
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