Social media is a large part of our world today. As popular as it may be, there are several drawbacks.
A lot of social network sites are overrated. While I am on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, I do not use them on a regular basis. I just never got too involved with updating the world on when I sneeze or go to workout or where I am at every moment of the day.
I want privacy in my life. While I am a very social person and love engaging in conversation, I need time away from the world. I need to be signed off and indulge in a good book or workout without everyone else knowing. It is not healthy to be consumed or obsessed with these networks.
I do enjoy the ability to follow and catch up with my friends and possibly network for a job, but after graduation and when my job hunt is over, I am vowing to sign off from Facebook without hesitation.
This year I attended the Michigan Press Association Conference and was on a discussion panel about the use of social media within the newspaper world. I informed the whole room that while The Torch utilizes these tools because we can reach our audience best that way, I personally am not on board using these networks.
What happened to the old times when in order to see my friends I had to call them on the land line that had a cord and schedule a time to see them? Now I can be impersonal with a text or chat online.
Some people may disagree with me about what social networking can do, but I won’t miss it. It causes more of a headache than a benefit.
I am ready to be done with these social networks. I want to have better connections with people rather than by a photo on their timeline. I cannot have a real conversation via chat or text. I need face-to-face interaction, and I am not talking about Face Time or Skype unless distance is an issue.
It is a social norm to have a social media account, but I just don’t want to be a part of that world. I think it is harmful to our communication skills.
Goodbye, social networking, and hello to my old, quiet lifestyle with no tweets or friend requests.