Sadly, one of the casualties of the 21st century is the inability of many folks to concentrate for more than a minute.
They are like butterflies hopping from one flower to the next; tweeting, checking emails, commenting on facebook, texting, and looking at funny cat videos on youtube.
And hey, if that’s your thing, have at it.
It’s not my job to judge… I got my own worries to deal with.
But get this…
Studies prove this constant online stimulation is rewiring brain-circuits and diminishing the capability to actually think. This is scary stuff.
But I know you don’t wanna hear that. You’re hooked on the constant stimulation of social media, and couldn’t imagine a world without it.
Okay, I understand… even this here Wizard of Words can be tempted by the shiny lights of social media. However, I will not let it interfere with my ability to think, to concentrate, to make informed decisions for myself instead of having to ‘put it out there’ to see what everyone else thinks before I make a decision.
Sure I realise I’m underutilising many of the profitable aspects of social media, but it’s a decision based on knowledge not on ignorance.
It’s my choice.
Here’s the money shot…
My use of social media is very different from the masses.
You see, I make time for certain online activities.
Take Facebook for example. I’m not there every day and frankly I’m not missing much. But when I do go and make a post, comment on a friend’s wall, and like a few things that touch me, I enjoy myself. I enjoy the interaction and I’ve got a lot of smart folks commenting on and enjoying what I have to say.
Smart folks I wouldn’t have known without social media.
So I’m not anti-social media as some folks say on Facebook. I can see the allure. And I can clearly see why so many people are addicted to it!
And it is an addiction
Some folks can’t go 30 minutes without checking in to see what everyone else is up to. Many teenagers admit checking their phones every 5 minutes (it’s not just teenagers either). But before you think I’m out of touch and my advice is taken from the Dark Ages, I want to make something absolutely clear…
Use the media without being consumed by it!
It’s that simple.
So be honest with yourself…
- Are you using the media or is it using you?
- Are you confusing activity with accomplishment?
- Can you go a day without Facebook?
If not, and I’m no doctor, just a humble Word Wizard, but I feel you are addicted.
By the way…
I’m doing a little experiment… I’ve called it my…
30 Day Facebook Fast Challenge
You see, I’m undergoing a Facebook fast for a full 30 days. No posting, no reading, and definitely no checking in.
Now while I’m away from the constant Facebook chatter, I’m going to monitor a few key areas… including my productivity and profitability.
I’ll let you know how I get on… as I’m sure there’ll be plenty of lessons for all of us.
And if you’re keen, try this challenge out for yourself and monitor what happens. I’d love to know how you get on.
Anyway, leave your comments below… let me know what you’re thinkin’.
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