Monthly Archives: September 2016

Does Social Media Normalize Attention Seeking Behaviour?

Does Social Media Normalize Attention Seeking Behaviour?

146If one was to share something online, the responses that they receive could be different to the responses they would get if they shared something offline. This is one reason why people share things online that they wouldn’t share in the real world.

Protected

For one thing, when one shares something on social media, they are going to be behind a screen, and this is going to give them a sense of protection. Whereas when they are around people in the real world, they are not going to have this.

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Don’t Let Social Media Control Your Business And Your Life!

Don’t Let Social Media Control Your Business And Your Life!

145One of the pitfalls of using social media for internet marketing strategies is that too often people find themselves bogged down with the general maintenance of it. Many of you are probably already familiar with the use of Facebook and twitter, Hootsuite and other tools as a means to boost your ratings, and if so your probably also familiar with the time crunch. The time crunch is what you discover when you are making your rounds and find you have little time for anything else. For instance you’ve been advised on the wisdom of making regular posts for your website, regular blogs, updating your Facebook page and tweeting your message.

You might even be using Hootsuite or something similar to help keep it all in one bag, but you’ve also discovered that that can be pretty time consuming. So how do you use this vast array of social media sites, keep them all updated and current with your information and still have time to actually move or run your business? By using a tactic called fire and forget. What that means is you determine say, four different times during your day in which you will quickly hit your Facebook, twitter, Google+ or whatever, make your posts and go back to work. You might want to designate say fifteen minutes or a half hour total, or even an hour, for maintaining your social media connections. And outside of your workday you simply don’t touch it no matter how many exciting responses you see. Learn to control it, without letting it control you.

And if you’ve talked to any other fellow entrepreneurs doing the same thing you’ll undoubtedly be deluged with horror stories on it’s eating up your time. That’s because it’s so easy to do, just keeping up with responses, comments and emails. But if you use the system of fire and forget then you can maintain contact, regular updates and posts, and still put the hours in on your business that you need to. A good baseline might look like this. First thing in the morning while having your coffee you hit up all your sites, Facebook, twitter, etc. Then make any posts you need, keep everyone updated then get to work. Then maybe your looking to take a break at noon for lunch, so right after lunch make another quick round of checks and posts.

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Three Practical Ways to Deal With Social Media Burnout

Three Practical Ways to Deal With Social Media Burnout

144It is a common sight wherever I go, and perhaps you would agree too. Orbs of bright light illuminating onto the faces of regular people going about their daily routines, whether it is walking to work, standing in line to get their morning coffee and bagel, or even right before the movie begins in the theater. Of course, I am one of these people with a mysterious illumination radiating off my face when I am not preoccupied with something more important to do. You may be wondering what I refer to when mentioning these orbs of bright light (signs of extraterrestrial life?)… but then again, you probably already know they are referring to cell phones (a majority probably being smartphones) that fit in the palms of our hands. Social media that fits in the palms of our hands, among some of the most popular hangouts include Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest, Reddit, and LinkedIn. I dare not mention more (including online dating sites) as it will take up the entire post!

With the prevalence of smartphones and the accessibility of so many sites at the touch (or swipe) of our fingers, it seems impossible to get away from social media. Unfortunately, it is easily noticed that more engagement with our gadgets and social media leads to limited or no interaction face-to-face… Whatever will happen to good ol’ conversations like I had in the 90’s with my friends? I told them I liked something, instead of relying on clicking a thumbs-up icon to deliver a stamp of approval. I have heard stories where people can spend hours on end contributing to endless posts, likes, tweets, snapchatting, and forget about reality… what do you mean I have to pay my bills? My school work can be done later! What laundry? Those dishes in the sink can wait.

Personally, I have taken my smallest steps to distance myself from social media because reality is here to stay, and I need to avoid being warped from it. I believe I am suffering from social media burnout. Yes, this is an actual thing. Try entering these three words into Google and just goggle over the many articles on such a condition facing our generation of children, professionals, and students in 2016.

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Why Social Media Causes Self Doubt and Anxiety & How You Can Fix It

Why Social Media Causes Self Doubt and Anxiety & How You Can Fix It

143In this technological age where everyone is constantly connected through tweets, status updates, and photos, there is this crushing weight of constantly comparing the seemingly-perfect lives of those in the virtual world to our own daily reality.

In our logical brain, we know that it is irrational to assume the people we see on Instagram with designer handbags and 13k followers have perfectly unblemished lives. But, we still spiral into this whirlwind of depression, anxiety, and sadness brought on by our constant comparison of our real lives to the assumed online profiles of others.

Here’s the issue; we are in an age where technology has become deeply woven into our everyday. From cell phones to tablets, we are constantly locked into social media and the anxiety it brings on. When you are constantly checking and rechecking what is going on online and losing focus on your actual life, it is inevitable to start to compare yourself.

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Can Someone Use Social Media To Sound Deep?

Can Someone Use Social Media To Sound Deep?

People in a Meeting with Social Media Concepts

When someone uses social media, it is up to them how they decide to present themselves, and this means that they have a lot of control. Still, this is not to say that everyone who uses it will realise this.

Another Part

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