A Review of “8 Things That Will Happen If You Break Up With Social Media”

Came across this article, titled “8 Things That Will Happen If You Break Up With Social Media,” that promised a happier life if we were to shed the trap of the social media.  Here is my Reader’s Digest version:

  1. people put only the best face online, comparing yourself to this narrow presentation could trick yourself into thinking your life is less
  2. instead of wasting time on other people’s highlights you can be working on your own life projects
  3. in reality, your life may be far better than what you think (see #1)
  4. time you saved (from #2) can be spent on quality interactions with your key relationships
  5. invest in the real world instead of the virtual reality, the real world has more to offer anyway
  6. without the disruptions from social media, you can focus on the here and now, and chances are you will find more opportunities
  7. you will be in better control of your time, and
  8. by extension, better control of your life

While I agreed with many of the points stated in the article, I don’t think the social media is the blame for our sins.  When it comes to managing our time and life, it does not have to be a zero sum game. When properly utilized, the social media can actually help to accomplish many of the same points.

Do you feel slaved to the social media? Or have better alternatives to the social media?

For the full article: 8 Things That Will Happen If You Break Up With Social Media

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5 Responses to A Review of “8 Things That Will Happen If You Break Up With Social Media”

  1. I agree–I also think that ‘breaking up’ with social media, while perhaps sometimes necessary for people who have a real addiction to it, is not going to necessarily be as life changing as the article implies! But definitely, it can take over your life, if you let it. I try to err on the side of caution when it comes to using it, and avoid trying to be present on too many platforms. I’m on Twitter, but not Facebook, Tumblr, etc. You have to have time to actually live your life, after all!

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    • terryshen says:

      “if you let it” are the operative words.

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    • terryshen says:

      You think the article was written for or by Millennial?

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      • I think it’s definitely written with that generation in mind–I was just thinking about this after having read another article about writers and privilege and it made me wonder about the way people connect these days, or at least, there is such a lot of ‘noise’ on the internet. I was thinking about how in decades past, people would have just got on with writing or painting or whatever they did, and they’d catch up in person (or by letter, whatever) with other artists, perhaps… it was a much more solitary experience. Now there’s a whole online community, but I don’t know if that’s always helpful? Sometimes the solitude is necessary to create something unique. And also, if you want to create anything at all, you have to actually do it, not hang around online and talk about doing it. I was 21 before I got regular access to the internet; I only heard about it at the age of 18. I think about my children, having grown up with it their entire lives (even though they don’t have unsupervised access yet) and it’s weird, that they won’t have that before-and-after experience. I’m sure they’ll have it with other things which are yet to come, but not with social media.

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      • terryshen says:

        Those different experiences are what mark the generations.

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