Social Media: How I ‘hack’ it

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Social media is just a platform. Twitter is a very simple and immediate broadcast platform. Facebook is a very personal, when it comes to friends and when it comes to fan pages, a little bit less but still somewhat personal way to communicate. (Brainy Quote, 2015)

Mark Cuban

I thought that for a change of pace that I would open my blog with a quote.

Social Media is not something that I wake up in the morning and think about. I do not tweet or post on Facebook even though I have accounts in both. It just became a thing that if you are my age you need to use. Peer pressure is something that I usually don’t bow towards but in this case it is something that must be done. Now that I have gone through most of my CAP 105 class and have talked about the good and the bad of social media, I can more easily reflect on its role in the world around me and my of use of it.

In the beginning

My role in the social media world was small. I had my Facebook account, which I used sparingly as something to check up on old high school friends and that was that. I was content with my knowledge that my world did not revolve around social media. Now though, going through this class I can honestly state that I was unprepared for the role it would play in my future. I never even had a Twitter account until I needed it for my CAP 105 class. Professionally, I used email as a source of information and how I communicated with others. Using social media never really occurred to me. Sure it was probably somewhere in the back of my mind but it never really popped out at me.

How others use social media

I have noticed that others in my generation use social media almost fanatically. They act like it is the Holy Grail itself and will solve all their problems. I would like to direct you to the quote below:

There’s a danger in the internet and social media. The notion that information is enough, that more and more information is enough, that you don’t have to think, you just have to get more information – gets very dangerous. (Brainy Quote, 2015)

Edward de Bono

I would have to agree with the man. It seems that with everyone trying to know everything that it starts to lead to unneeded stress. This would be the “cost of caring”. We care so much about knowing everything about everyone we just stress ourselves out and that is not conducive to our health. In a report by the Pew Research Center the overall research stated that:

“The relationship between stress and social media use is indirect. It is the social uses of digital technologies, and the way they increase awareness of distressing events in others’ lives, that explains how the use of social media can result in users feeling more stress.”(Hampton, Raine, Lu, Shin, & Purcell, 2015)

This is what I see in other people and it honestly stresses me out sometimes. The cycle continues.

Where I am now

Now I can say that due to my increased awareness of social media thanks to this class I am honestly more prepared to face the world. I may not have used social media to my advantage before but I’m starting now. Social media, even though I think it is a pain in the ass most of the times, is useful. It all depends on how you use it though. It’s time to get smart.

 

BrainyQuote,. (2015). Bill Gates Quotes at BrainyQuote.com. Retrieved 18 November 2015, from http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/m/mark_cuban.html

BrainyQuote,. (2015). Bill Gates Quotes at BrainyQuote.com. Retrieved 18 November 2015, from http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/e/edward_de_bono.html

Hampton, Raine, Lu, Shin, & Purcell, (2015). Social Media and the Cost of Caring. Pew Research Center. Retrieved 18 November 2015, from http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/01/15/social-media-and-stress/

header photo credit:  Lenka Horavova via photopin (license)

 

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