Do you remember a time before social media?
For the younger ones among us, that might be difficult since Facebook and Twitter are now engrained in their psyche.
But I do remember when computers weren’t mainstream and mobile phones were a twinkling in someone’s eye.
Being social meant meeting with people face to face or catching up with them on a phone call.
Socialising was a way of keeping friendship bonds alive, having fun and relaxing and enjoying each other’s company.
Can You Imagine A World Without Social Media?
“Social” Might Return To It’s Former Meaning
I’ve become less convinced that social media is actually about being social.
Or at least not in the sense of spending quality time with others and getting to know them.
It’s become a display of links or status updates that people share and 1 in 50 of those might attract someone’s attention.
When was the last time you actually really engaged with anyone on social media, other than a quick thank you or how’s the weather?
If it didn’t exist, we might actually start talking to each other again!
We Wouldn’t Try And Befriend People That We Wouldn’t Normally In Real Life
When I first joined Facebook, I always told myself that I wouldn’t become a friend of anyone who I hadn’t met in real life.
Then, I seemed to very quickly get invites from people I’d been to school with who I hadn’t spoken to in 20 years.
Following my rule, I thought sure I’d accept but have I engaged with any of them since? Not really.
I really started to break my rule after a few months of blogging though. That’s ok because they’re a great bunch of people.
What I do find odd though is when someone asks me to be friends on Facebook and they’ve never spoken to me before.
Concentration Levels Might Increase
Do you find that you waste time looking at your social media accounts throughout the day?
As much as looking at status updates seems like it would be the least interesting thing to do, it still seems to be a large draw for our attention.
Where once people could concentrate on one thing at a time, we now have mobile phones vibrating or computers beeping to entice us to take a look.
Could you live without your mobile phone now? Do you panic if you can’t find it? I know I do.
Maybe if we all left them alone for a day we might all get more done!
Have We Become Obsessed With Social Media?
It does seem as though we may have become obsessed.
It’s interesting to read the quote from Mark Zuckerberg featured on the infographic.
I don’t know that I’d necessarily say it improves people’s lives socially – at least not in a real world sense.
Over To You
What do you think a world without social media would look like?
Are you being social on sites like Twitter and Facebook? Do you engage with others? Or is link sharing your strategy?
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