Yes there are pros and cons of social media engagement. Are you guilty of being on social media more than your fair share?
How many hours a day do you spend on the computer, watching TV, listening to the radio and podcasts? Not mention, do you scan Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Reddit, Stumbleupon, YouTube and Buzzfeed?
With all the social media fighting for your attend, you really need to have a plan on how long you use each platform and why.
This topic was discussed on usingyourpower.com in more depth but here I will review 5 trends I have seen.
People Want To Be Famous
A picture is worth a thousand words. I like to believe that a picture can conjure up a 1000 emotions.
With social apps such as Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Flickr, Tumblr and Pinterest it is easy to post and then just wait for the likes, shares and comments to pour in.
The more hashtags you use, the more people follow you and the better chance you have for someone to follow your fan page.
But here is the problem, more and more people are starting to post pictures in compromising fashion. People are using social media platforms to get Insta-Famous and are not thinking about the consequences these picture will have on their future.
Scan Information Faster
There is no need to watch the morning, afternoon, evening or late night news anymore. Daily events are found faster than ever.
Simply join platforms like Twitter or subscribe to various websites to stay connected. Follow who you want and within minutes starting receiving information.
A simple tweet by the right person can go viral and have the world talking about it in minutes. That is the power of social media.
Like him or hate him, Donald Trump is the master of using Twitter to keep the attention on himself.
Here is an issue too much information has created. It has become harder than ever to shift through everyone’s options and figure out what is real or fake news.
Even in the sale, marketing and business industries there are so many people claiming expert status, it is hard to find the right person to learn from.
Go to any entertainment website, such as TMZ, and you hear about some celebrity who is stocked by an obsessive fan.
Some fans will trespass into homes, try to touch the celebrity, mail or email obscene pictures or make false claims on social media about the person.
This happens to everyday people like us, as well. With the internet comes the ability to hide behind your computer screen. This allows people to pretend to be someone they are not and do things they would not normally do in public.
There is a positive here. With the advancements in technology it has become easier to find, stop to the social media stocking and prosecute the wrong doers.
Less Family Time
Most of us get up each day at the same time. We travel to work where we spend between 8-12 hours. We travel back home, eat dinner and either watch TV or get on the computer to consume more social media or finish up work that was not completed at the office.
Not to mention, most people have a cell phone, tablet or a smart watch so they can stay connected to social media, email, friends and family all day long.
We spend less time with our loved ones and more time in a fantasy world where likes, shares and comments mean more than time with the spouse, kids, friends and real social interaction.
6 Degrees of Separation
There is an idea that says, anyone in the world can meet someone else in the world within 6 people they know.
The internet has shrunk this number down. In some cases you can communicate with the person you want directly. This means there are no other touch points between you and the other person.
You can connect with industry leaders, celebrities, world leaders, great thinkers, bloggers, podcasters and even your favourite author.
You can meet people you did not know exist. Tim Ferriss, Neil Patel, Joel Brown, David Wolfe, Donald Kelly and James Schramko were all people I learned about once I started listening to podcasts.
Rethink how do you use social media. Who are you connecting with on social media and why is important to consider.
There are many distractions, broken marriages and opportunities if social media is used effectively or ineffectively. Recognize what they are and take advantage of making a positive life.
Do your best to spend less than an hour each day consuming social media. If this is how you make your living, look for ways to automate your process.
Now it’s your turn to influence others. Share the answers to questions people are looking for on your favorite social media sites. It’s easy to do. Just click the button so your inner circle can start learning.
Leave a comment and tell us what one thing you like or dislike about social media.
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