“Goodbyes are not forever.
Goodbyes are not the end.
They simply mean I’ll miss you until we meet again!” – Unknown
I have been on social media for a very, very long time. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Various Messaging apps, Periscope, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Snapchat, Google+, YouTube and the like. Social media has proven to be profitable to me in forming new relationships and brand growth for my blog and visibly for the Cleveland Dads Group. I love the fact that we can have nearly instant contact with one another without taking too much time out of our day. Sharing the milestones of family and friends through the endless photos and post is definitely better that getting pictures in the mail, or just speaking with someone over the phone.
I love social media, I really do….especially on my Birthday! Yet, this past year as soured me a bit.
My wife would always say the Internet was Pandora’s Box. And social media has proven her right (don’t tell her I said that). For every Internet sensation and positive person you find, there is the once voiceless that has nothing but negativity to spread. Those who would not say hello to you in the streets are now cussing you out behind a computer screen. There is no “agree to disagree” much within social media. The mentality of “if you don’t agree with me then I’m done with you!!” is running ramped across the interwebs. People try to size you up in 140 charters or less. The abuse of what was once the best thing since sliced bread has grown into a uncontrollable, gargantuan behemoth of a monster that is fuel daily with no end in sight.
Why what do you mean Darren W Carter? Surely you can provide examples? Right? Well of course I can. Let’s take two recent examples of fueling that monster….Black Lives Matter and the 2016 Presidential Race.
Be honest. When you saw #BlackLivesMatter or 2016 Presidential Race., you felt a certain kind of way. Come on, you know you did…just admit it. Those examples plus countless others are polarizing factors in how social media is being used today.
Breathe…..of course it’s still not all that bad, at the moment just very irritating.
I have often though of taking mini breaks from social media…you know, just to clear my head. But I couldn’t. Social media is so addictive! I could be in the bed, at dinner, supposed to be relaxing, on the pooper, in the car, at work…you get the picture. I have been hemorrhaging social media…and it has to stop.
This January I will finally take my break.
For the first 31 days of 2017 my social media will be limited to only specific non-negotiable areas. If it doesn’t have anything to do with Cleveland Dads Group, my blog or church related activities (and the possible must announce news) it won’t be posted and I won’t be on to see what all of you all are doing. Know that I love all of you, but this brother needs a break because I’m becoming a slave to likes, hashtags, photos and posts. That I cannot allow. If this works like I hope it will, this may become a quarterly “fast” of sorts.
Just like the 30 day meditation challenge I gave myself, I will let you know how this has affected me, if at all, come the first week in February.
So I guess this is goodbye…or better yet, See you soon.