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So, while I was doing some researchin’ and readin’ for my previous post…I came across a Forbe’s article that  highlighted 3 reasons you should quit social mediaThis caught my attention. Contributor, J. Maureen Henderson, lists these 3 reasons for disconnecting yourself from that darn pesky, addictive social media web:

1. It harms your self-esteem

        comparing peers from various networking sites

2. You’re blood pressure will thank you

bragging, irritability, petty discourse

3. Online is no substitute for offline

missing out on important life events/moments while trying to ‘capture’ the moment

This got me thinking about how much time I spend on social media websites and what I shouldwouldcould do instead of sitting and clicking and tapping and scrolling and pinching and typing and browsing. I wanted to create a list of three things that I have been wanting to do recently, but…surprise surprise have not found the time just yet.

2. Go to parks with my favorite pup and friend...for exercise and for escape from they city...the traffic...the work....

2. Go to parks with my favorite pup and friend…for exercise and for escape from they city…the traffic…the work… Image uploaded by user.

Re-learn/Re-teach myself how to play the violin.

1. Re-learn/Re-teach myself how to play the violin. Photography by Emily McCall.

3. Being able to visit and get to know my nephew, who is only one hour away...but who feels like he is 5 hours away!

3. Being able to visit and get to know my nephew, who is only one hour away…but who feels like he is 5 hours away! Image uploaded by user

Now, if I had to provide three reasons of why I, personally, believe quitting social media (if only for a period of time…or cutting back, in a sense) could be good/beneficial…I would say these 3 things: 1. It is time consuming and can easily distract from school, family, friends, self-care, or a book!; 2. Mindset shifts: sometimes I feel myself being pulled into this superficial world and my mind fills with too many insignificant things; 3. It is tiring! Seriously…it requires a lot of effort!!

Now, I challenge you. 3 things you could do instead. and 3 reasons to ‘quit’.

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This particular topic was not something I contemplated about until this past year or so. However, now it has become infiltrated into my daily schedule. What, when and with whom do I share my thoughts, experiences and ramblings with? What social media channel do I utilize to convey my passions or current emotion? And, on top of these, how do I decide what I share, if I share at all, and why? When seeing this written out, it is all pretty overwhelming to think that in my personal life I spend so much time considering what I want to share or contribute about my life. Here recently, particularly since I started my social work graduate internship with CARE, I have started having these same conversations but with a professionally driven focus. And it has quickly come to my attention how clear of a distinction is needed between using social media for personal or professional means. It is absolutely vital to instill guidelines in a professional setting, because oftentimes the line of what determines appropriateness varies from person to person.

 

I am on the Gender and Empowerment Unit at CARE and we have our own wikispace to inform and share gender related news, research, tools and bi-monthly newsletters. What I have been confronted with is the fact that the wikispace will always be limiting because it is an open, public space that requires content monitoring. So, just like with my personal social media websites where I have to streamline my information and how I am perceived, I have to do the same thing with professional sites. Ultimately, it is very time consuming to develop these separate mindsets. Econsultancy is a company that engages in digital marketing and they recently commented on findings from a study that highlighted the differences between professional and personal social networking. They coined this particular topic as ‘The Mindset Divide,’ which I thought was intriguing because it really translated well to how I view my personal interactions and the varying roles I have played in social media . I also thought it was neat that they chose such an appealing way to showcase this information. Check out ‘The Mindset Divide’ if you so please–

 

ImageSource: Econsultancy, 2012. Retrieved from http://econsultancy.com/us/blog/10755-personal-versus-professional-social-networks-infographic.