Social Media. Do you need it?

Social Media. Do you need it?

OH HI.

Been a while. Sorry, life just kind of grabbed me and ran. XD But I’m hoping to revive this blog in the new year, so stay tuned for more updates!

Today, though, I want to talk about social media. More importantly, do you need it?

I’m getting mixed reviews on this. I have friends who are Facebook obsessed, Twitter tormented, Tumblr indignant. They spend hours of their life on social media, because that’s the most efficient way–for them–to connect with people. And there’s nothing wrong with that! Social media is a fantastic tool, and something I think should be used by most, at least for a time. It’s a vital part of surviving in today’s society.

But, for me, it’s not the best way to communicate.

In the last year or so, I’ve made a huge shift offline. It started with Twitter hiatuses, a few weeks at a time. I realized that scrolling through Twitter wasn’t making me as happy as it once did. It’s not as useful for me, either, now that I have a literary agent. She handles the networking so I can focus on my writing.

And I’m not going to lie. Twitter can be a toxic space. One poorly phrased post can propel you into an online hell with real-world consequences. It’s like playing with fire. Sometimes very useful, but you have to be hyper-careful not to get burned.

It’s almost too much pressure for me, honestly. So I moseyed off Twitter. My account is still active, but I rarely post, and have no problem taking hiatuses if it gets overbearing.

And then there’s Facebook. What was once a haven for my generation has become a breeding ground of fantastic, fake lives. Everyone’s doing peachy and nothing is ever wrong on Facebook, unless it’s about politics, and then EVERYTHING is awful. It makes my head spin.

And so, today, I deleted Facebook. I appreciated how easy it was to download all my photos beforehand, since I wouldn’t want to lose them. But otherwise, I hit that DELETE ACCOUNT button, and man, it was freeing.

I’ve settled into Instagram for the time being. And honestly, it brings me a lot of joy! I’ve always loved photography, so it’s such a great medium for me. 😀 I’ve created a page on my website so you all can see what I’m up to, even if you’re not on the app.

Anyway, I think that’ll be it for a while. I have a few groups on Slack and Discord for every day socializing, but otherwise, I’m going dark.

Welcome to 2019! 😉

How do you feel about social media? Do you love it? Hate it? I’d love to know your thoughts! <3

 

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