I’ve had some interesting discussions lately with associates about why I don’t use social media. You know… things like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and an ever growing list of additional platforms. Many people view social media as critically important in their lives, and for their businesses. That’s not my viewpoint
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Like many folks I dabbled with social media in years past. I had a listing on LinkedIn. Even paid a bit of money for a couple of years for an upgraded account. *shrugs* I got tired of refusing links from people I didn’t know who wanted to sell me something I didn’t need. So, I deleted my account a few years back.
Twitter was a very short lived distraction that lasted a few weeks. No content of any significant value can be created in a limited number of characters.
I deleted most of the videos I had on my YouTube channel quite a while ago. I think I’ve posted one new video in the past three years. There are still a few old videos up on my YouTube channel… although I have no idea on the exact number as I haven’t logged in for a while. At any rate, I plan to take these remaining videos down sometime in 2021 and end my presence on YouTube.
My YouTube channel was deleted as of January 10, 2021.
So, why don’t I use social media?
I learned many years ago that managing my inputs is a critical component of life. There is only so much time in a day to take in, assess, and respond to inputs.
I try to be as discerning as possible with the inputs that I choose to take in each day. Rather than overload myself with inputs, it is far more important for me to exercise personal responsibility and critically evaluate what is happening around me… without distractions from social media.
If I would have listened to the self-limiting beliefs of others, or taken some of the opinions that others had of me to heart, I would have significantly reduced my personal potential.
Maintaining mental focus and concentration.
Constant interruptions from social media are counterproductive to maintaining mental focus and concentration. When we increase the frequency with which we allow the interruption of our mental processes to occur, the more we reduce our ability to mentally focus and concentrate for extended periods of time. Decreased concentration levels reduces our creative capacity.
Paying attention to the tripe on social media can result in misguided priorities and losing sight of what is really important in life.
Research indicates that there are negative impacts associated with high use of social media. Stress, depression, anxiety, feelings of well-being, and loneliness are all negatively affected through high consumption of social media.
Making the most of valuable time.
Each of us has a limited amount of time each day to create things we value, and to pursue our goals. Spending hours on social media siphons off valuable time that could be spent much more productively doing other things. Creating new articles. Capturing new images. Working on eBooks and other projects. As well as dedicating time to other people and things I value.
Eliminating pointless noise.
The sheer volume of pointless noise on social media is mind boggling. I don’t need to know about the minutiae in people’s lives, nor do they need to know that about me.
If I truly care about an individual I can pick up the phone and have a meaningful conversation with them. I can see them in person (when allowed again) or communicate via video chat. We can engage in extended one-on-one email exchanges about specific topics of mutual interest. I can demonstrate that I value your presence here by taking time to respond to your comments. People don’t need to expose each other to meaningless trivialities… unless their lives are bereft of value.
People will find what they value.
There is no need to worry about clicks, likes and other such nonsense. The reality is that people will invest their time to find things that they value and appreciate. No amount of social media promotion will keep people coming back to content that is no of value to them.
If you are reading this article, or have read other articles on this website, you didn’t find us because we promoted ourselves on social media. You likely were looking for specific content and did an internet search, or read about this site somewhere else. Then, you decided to invest some time to check out this website. If you’ve kept returning its because our content has value for you. And, you’ll stop visiting when we no longer represent value for you. That’s life.
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