Pinterest: Makes me feel bad about myself. Pretty pictures of things I’ll neither have the time nor money to make a reality in my own life.
Here’s my synopsis of today’s social media tools:
Twitter: Makes me feel bleak about humanity. Can we really forge connections of any depth when they are spat out in 140-character fragments?
Facebook: Huge time-suck. And yet, I love it. Well, parts of it. It can be a great tool for maintaining friendships with people, but hitting the “like” button when someone announces a pregnancy just isn’t really meeting an emotional need for anyone, is it?
That being said, I know lots of people LOVE some of the above social media tools and have used them to deepen personal bonds, successfully grow their blog traffic, build their business, and stay connected.
I see the value in them, but I find myself fighting the urge to feel as though I have to engage in them if I want to stay relevant. After spending too much time on Twitter, I feel like just calling up a friend I know in real life and have an actual conversation with them. It’s real life, they know me, and I like that.
Are you a social media addict, or do you think it’s dumb? Are there certain social media outlets you prefer over others?