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Ditching Social Media

Updated on September 26, 2018
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As a long time blogger social media has been a mixed bag; useful at times but ultimately a drag.

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Social Media Is Anything But Social At Times

Social media began as a fun, free and easy way to stay in touch and share information but now it is also a powerful tool with the ability to win or lose elections.

If you think that is a bit strong you have not been paying attention to world events.

Social Media and Me

I resisted social media for a long time. I used a personal computer and email at work and also at home but was not interested in social media.

However as a blogger sooner or later it became necessary to take the plunge.

My journey into social media was slow and small initially but it snowballed.

I began to cull followers on a regular basis, locked down my accounts and refused new friend requests but a couple of months ago with around 2,300 followers on Facebook and almost 6,000 on twitter I decided enough was enough and deactivated both accounts.

I now have new accounts on both these social media platforms and I intend to keep these accounts small.

Facebook Groups And Forums

Facebook groups and forums are a great place to interact and share links to your blogs but many are toxic.

Having created a group and been an admin on it for two years I can tell you it can be time consuming, hard work and depressing at times.

It will of course depend on what sort of forum, group or page you operate.

Political groups and forums can be a nightmare to administrate.

Keeping trolls out of the mix is far from easy. There are so many fake profiles and accounts on social media at times you have no idea who a follower really is.

With the best will in the world and a team of admins agent provocateurs, fakes and trolls will still make it into even the tightest knit group on social media.

Our group had almost 5,000 members when we decided to trim it down. That is a lot of members for a closed group with plenty of rules.

This summer part of my return to the real world was ditching this group too.

After a chat with admin team members they decided to keep the group going and we parted as friends.

But for me the black dog of depression was knocking at my door again and part of the problem was so-called social media.

Groups On Twitter

Yes I hear you saying there are no groups and forums on Twitter but you are wrong.

If you have political affiliations you may find your following and followers lists full of like-minded people.

You may take part in tweetstorms which involve a group of tweeters flooding the platform with a message. The purpose is to get that message or rather its hashtag trending worldwide.

It is debatable how much impact tweetstorms have in the real world but they are often successful on social media.

Groups of people use the messaging facility of Twitter to form groups and organize campaigns.

More Social Media

With Instagram, linked in, WhatsApp, SnapChat and more the drag on your time can be huge. If you allow notifications to alert you when a person responds you may find you are online 24/7.

Do you really think that is good for your mental or physical health?

What About You?

Do you use social media or does it use you?

Social media is designed to be addictive. The developers of social media want you to be online as much as possible. They want your personal information and survive on revenue you unwittingly supply.

Many social media users share far too much information online. Details of vacations must be useful for anyone wanting to break into your home.

Take Back Control

Taking back control of your life may start with limiting your time online.

If you blog for a living it can be difficult to take social media out of the mix. We all need to share our blogs unless you write for unusual reasons.

There are tools though such as platforms that offer scheduled social media shares. Some of these however still take time to set up and need regular input.

Social Media and Me, Now

I am back to enjoying life.

I pop on social media now and then and use it to stay in touch with family and friends.

I share the odd political post, plenty of funny videos and memes and the odd blog.

I still have a couple of pages on Facebook with followers where I share blogs too.

However I spend so much less time online I feel liberated.

I no longer have to interact with angry people, trolls and negativity and life is good.

Make sure social media does not take over your life!

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© 2018 Ethel Smith

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    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      2 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Have just shared one of yours to FB Wesman. My social media accounts are small now but have online buddies who pick things up and run with them

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      2 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Made me smile Wesman. I still have four email accounts. Groups on FB are very useful places to share stuff. Mine was British politics, leftie slant. I know we differ on that. But yes if you want traffic needs must. I am retired these days aged late sixties so that is one reason I want to get back to enjoying the real world. But for me being admin on a FB group was too much. It was that that begun to limit my writing. Now I will update a couple of my sites.

      You need a thick skin on social media at times. And tbf my block lists had ended up like huge tomes.

      Thanks for commenting

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      2 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Social media is trying to ditch ME.

      I got kicked completely off of Twitter. I wasn't even a little upset about it. I never could generate traffic to my stuff here from Twitter.

      I've got 4 Facebook accounts. Yes Yes. I'm one of those people. Hey, in my defense, I can only log into 3 of them.

      I get the old 30 day ban just about every second day after being able to log in to one again, and use it. Nope, I'm not the least bit sorry for anything I've ever said.

      I think of it as work first though. Whenever I've got something new published here, the first thing I do is hit the groups with my newest page - and I do very much get what I'm after with sharing in groups of like minded persons with similar interests.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      2 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Well said. A sensible point of view. If you are not careful it takes over your life. It can be useful to share posts etc and keep in touch with friends but it is a minefield. And yes some people behind fake names and profiles are only there for the hell of it.

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      Ellison Hartley 

      2 years ago from Maryland, USA

      I'm not much of a social media fan, the only one I use is Instagram, and I use it as a way to promote my blog. I think people have a way of becoming things other than themselves behind the computer screen, and not necessarily in a good way. Plus,I think it takes away from making time for face to face, or phone conversations with friends and family, let alone something as old-fashioned as writing a letter ( I'm a huge letter writer, love writing letters! I think their isn't much that means more than a handwritten letter.)

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      2 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      That sounds great Liz. And of course a speciality website re Porto may be an idea?

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 years ago from UK

      Thank you for your help and support, Ethel. It is much appreciated. I am in contact with the tourism office in Porto. Maybe that might generate some traffic.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      2 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Hope it helps Liz.

      For me my political activism muddied the waters.

      I think it may be worth you sharing your excellent work online in links. There are so many ways Liz. Good luck

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 years ago from UK

      Thank you very much for your quick reply, Ethel. I will need to look into it and give it some thought.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      2 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      This is just my opinion but........

      If you want an audience outside of hubpages you need to share on social media. Pininterest and google plus are OK for sharing and require minimal interaction. But yep overall you need to promote on social media. My leftie website used to get tens of thousands of views when it was more active and i shared new posts in facebook groups. But social media can be dispiriting at times too.

      Hopefully Liz you will find the right balance for you.

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 years ago from UK

      I have avoided social media like the plague on the basis that I just didn't have the time for it. Now, however I am having second thoughts. The reason is Hub Pages. Having gone through boot camp and having written a few articles I now realise that to earn anything from my work I need traffic. Judging from the request for links to my Facebook, twitter book pages etc when I signed up, I am guessing that traffic is generated through links to social media. Am I correct or have I misread the situation? If I am right, I face a dilemma. If I am not, please can somebody enlighten me on how to earn from my writing on Hub Pages?

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