Social Media dependency
A few weeks ago, we all experienced a little taste of what would happen if social media just went away. Facebook and Instagram were down for a day which left some people unsure of what to do without it. Even though it wasn’t working, we all still reached for our phones, thinking we could check in or post something. During that day, some of us took the time to read a book or get other work done, embracing a “social-media free” day. But it got us thinking, have we become too dependent on social media? In today’s episode, we dive into this topic and share our honest opinions.
Social Media is a Tool
Don’t get us wrong, we ADORE social media. It’s a great way to stay connected with others and to share what is going on in your life. It’s also an AMAZING resource for your business. But social media is a tool, it should not consume your entire life. It’s easy to become distracted by it but it can start being dangerous if you think you should live your life a certain way based on what you see online. If you see the people you follow online and think they have the “perfect life” and you don’t, it’s normal to get discouraged. It’s important to not use social media as a mirror for your own life. You need to do what’s best for yourself and not feel like you have to do what everyone else is doing. You are special and unique and your story deserves to be told.
Learning to be Present Again
There is a time and place for everything, including social media. Have you ever gone out to dinner with your friends to share great conversations and catch up with each other and instead you both spend more time on your phones? Don’t get me wrong, we all love documenting the moments, our experiences, and our travels, but then it’s time to put the phone away and actually be present with the people we’re with. It’s okay to share with your friends that you want a photo of your night out together but you don’t have to post it right away. No one cares if it’s posted right at that very second. Just be honest and open with your friends and set aside time for your social media so it’s not taking up the entire evening. When you’re actually in the moment, you’ll have way more fun.
Your Business Should Survive Without Social Media
Would your business survive if social media went away? The answer is probably no and it’s a good thing that you know that now. Of course, social media isn’t going anywhere but it’s important to find other ways to promote your business. Try starting an email newsletter or a blog. Both those types of platforms you can control and you are not sharing on someone else’s platform. Find ways that your business can thrive, even if social media disappears.
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