The Social Media Flounce Off!

In a recent national survey, a very worrying fact was revealed. We spend approximately six hours a week socialising with family and friends but a whopping 46 hours entrenched in social media. Even more reasons to clutch your pearls is that 54% of us spend between five to ten hours on social media every single day!

Do you think that there is something wrong with that picture?

I have recently done a self monitoring audit of my time that I spend behind the screen. It is probably a bit more tricky for me because my business is quasi-dependant on social media but a few months ago I felt that I was getting sucked into a digital vortex and realised while I was busy being social online, I was not being social in real life. And that, my friends, is not good.

In an industry where you can exercise and diet like a maniac to become bikini perfect, take a snap of yourself on Instagram, filter the fuck out of it, purchase some followers and BAM! You have got yourself a business. This model is EVERYWHERE!

But Buzzoid, why should I buy followers?

It is very easy to work out who buys followers as they might have a huge following, but very little, what we like to call in the biz, engagement. I had to laugh at the advert above which this business “will give you the likes and followers you deserve and help you grow your social presence!”

I am known as what is called a micro-influencer (please note that the word influencer makes me want to pour bleach into my eyes). It puts me in the category because I have a relatively small following but I run a tight ship. I bring this up, and getting back to my original discussion of spending too much time on social media, was it hit me when I was trying to make my point with a Facebook follower who disagreed with me and I took a step back and went WOAH!

I am arguing with a stranger who I don’t know, and in real life, I wouldn’t care to know!

STEP AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER MRS WOOG.

I try to write about real life in a playground which is increasingly becoming unreal. One of the nicest things that I get is when I meet a reader, in the street or wherever, and we have a chat and they say “You are exactly like you are on your blog…” and it leaves me pleased, but makes me think, who isn’t exactly like they are in their digital profile?

But here is what I do when I feel the need to get offline.

I check my emails twice a day. Once after the kids go to school and once just before they get home.

Take Facebook off your mobile device.

Always keep a book in your handbag so if you are caught somewhere, the doctor is running late or you are waiting for your kids sports practice to finish, you read rather than scroll.

Unfollow the unnecessary noisemakers!

I do not work on the weekends. I do not check my emails, answer comments or write. The world will not end.

Unsubscribe from all those email lists that you have ended up on and you didn’t even realise how!

Make plans with face to face time with mates.

Call your mother! (Mine has been OS for weeks now and I miss our chats)

Don’t bite. If someone is pissing you off online just block and delete. Same with unpleasant emails. If you delete them, they didn’t exist.

So social media is booming while our social lives are dying. So I will now flounce off to hang the sheets on the line, administer some Nurofen to a poorly child before meeting my friends for a coffee and a natter. Time is precious, make sure you are spending yours wisely.

How much time do you spend on social media?

BE HONEST!