social media peer pressure
A few weeks I wrote a blog post about the latest social media hit, Pinterest.  Unless, you’ve been on the moon for the last month, you’ve probably heard about this cool site that allows users to pin images on virtual bulletin boards.  It is a simple but genius idea and it’s all the rage.  I did get an invitation to sign up and was about to do – but I didn’t.   Why?  I had a bit of panic.  Honestly, I didn’t want to keep up with another social media site.  I use Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and am signed up on a host of other social networking sites.  However, I don’t use them like I should.  But I feel guilty that I don’t use them frequently.  I find myself feeling like I have to use them.  My main problem is that using these various sites effectively takes time and energy.

I started to think about this.  Am I the only one who feels this way?  Probably not!  I attended a breakfast seminar a few months ago and one of the attendees wanted to know how to consolidate her use of apps, emails and other sites.  She felt overwhelmed keeping up with email, checking in with Facebook and the like.  Her comments struck a chord with everyone there.  There is no doubt that there are some awesome social networking sites out there.  However, you don’t have to use them all.  Here are some of my suggestions

  1. Use only the sites you love.  Life is short and time is fleeting.  You don’t have to post daily on your Tumblr account because you feel you have to just because you have an account.  Only spend time on those social networking sites that you enjoy and want to spend time on.
  2. Forget about what others think.  I especially fall prey to this one.   Because I am a tech expert, I feel it’s my job to be knowledgeable about all things tech.  However,  that doesn’t mean that I have to use and participate in everything I am knowledgeable about.  Sometimes people ask me if I use this or that and I say no.  I’m okay with that.  In technology, it’s impossible to know everything or have a working knowledge of all things.  So, if you don’t spend hours watching video on YouTube like your friends, don’t worry about it.  If you don’t want to get on Facebook to keep up with your family, don’t do it.  Only do what matters to you.
  3. Use the social media sites that you choose, when you want to.  There is nobody looking over your shoulder saying, “You must use FourSquare daily”.   If you post on Twitter once a week, it’s okay.  There is no right or wrong here.

Do you feel pressured to use social media?  Do you have a social media site that you used all of the time but now you don’t?  Write a comment and let me know what you think. Also, if you like this post or found some value in it, please like this page and share it with your friends.