I’ve thought a lot about social media this week. These thoughts were prompted by the release of Google + and the many Facebook statues I’ve seen since “offering” invites to people. I have a Facebook (FB) account and a Twitter account and quite often I write the same on both. I’m really thinking about shutting my Facebook account down. Right now, the only thing that keeps me on it, is loosing contact with some people. I prefer Twitter, not only do I feel like my privacy is protected better on there, but I also don’t get the constant negativity or “I want to be the center of attention” vibe that is so often on FB. I’ve thought about de-friending people who I am in contact with regularly and just staying friends with people who I do not live close to, so we can keep in touch. This could really offend people though. The other thing that makes me stick with FB is that sometimes I only learn about a gathering going on due to an FB event invite. It seems to be getting more common to only invite people to things through FB now and not via email or telephone. As you can see I’m kind of in a catch-22 situation with FB!
Do you think there is too much social media in our lives? Do we need, or more so, is it wise, that so many sites can contain information about us? These days do you think it’s possible to live without social media? If you could only belong to one site which would it be? How much time do you spend using social media each day? Do you consider it a waste of your time and a hindrance from doing other things? What are the benefits of social media?