Do you have a well-defined morning routine, that includes Social Media? Tweet, Post, Check Status, Share, and Comment. Then see who has looked at your LinkedIn profile. Later, repeat – sometimes several times.
There is nothing wrong with connection. In fact, Social Media is built precisely on this foundation.
Unfortunately, every minute spent on Social Media means a minute less on other activities. With so much attention now focused on Social Media, we sometimes neglect to consider what is being displaced:
- Critical thinking time. Instead, we crave the interruption from numerous social alerts and messages.
- Creation time. Instead we have become, at best, consumers.
- Writing time. Instead, we hav bcum xperts @ shortform txting. And our ability to write atrophies.
Most importantly, we displace the development of real-world in-person relationships with (often) shallower ones. We spend more time by ourselves, “plugged in”. And we accept that Social Media lurking and stalking are becoming commonplace – and possibly even acceptable.
This Week’s Action Plan: As Social Media becomes more commonplace, it’s worthwhile to periodically look more closely at the mix of your activities. Ask this question: what have your Social Media activities displaced? If you’re not happy with the answer, it may be time to put your Social Media activities on a diet.
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