Posted March 13, 2014 by Tim Wells in Tim's Thoughts

Social Media Sucks

Grumpy Cat Social Media SucksThat’s right, I said it. Social media sucks.


But, Tim! You’re a blogger. You live and die by social media. You can’t say such things!

Take a deep breath. Now think back to a time before Facebook. Before Twitter. Before smartphones. Before you were instantly notified every. single. time. somebody commented on every. single. thing. you said or did.

Think back to a time when you learned about the evils of the world on the nightly news or around the office water cooler. A time when you weren’t bombarded, in real-time, with every tragic news report, negative opinion, and soul-sucking story.

A time when technology – and with it, the world – didn’t fit in your pocket.

How did we ever survive in such a time?

Well, I don’t know about you, but I breathed a bit easier, moved a bit slower, and thought less about what everybody else was doing, saying, and thinking.

The only time I compared my life to others was when my snobby aunt and uncle came around for holidays. There were no status updates with photos of their latest, awesome vacation that I couldn’t afford or their newly-built house that I REALLY couldn’t afford.

I didn’t know – or care – how acquaintances voted or where they stood on controversial issues.

And I certainly didn’t glance at my phone every few minutes to see what people were saying about anything and everything.

Don’t get me wrong. I love technology. But I kind of hate what it has done to our lives. Sure, it has made keeping on top of things and in touch with people easier. But it has also made it a lot more difficult to simply enjoy the quiet times. There are no quiet times with social media. It’s a 24/7 frenzy of information, misinformation, opinion, and emotion. Gone are the days when you could have a conversation without a dozen people that you kinda-sorta know being outraged.

Social media is draining. And it’s demanding. The more you try to keep up with the flow of social media, the more you fall behind. It’s simply impossible to follow every story and every person.

Which is why you shouldn’t.

Just like in the “real” world, you need to be able to say no. No, you don’t need to check your phone every few minutes. No, you don’t need to read every response in that Facebook thread you commented on. No, you don’t have to voice your opinion just because you have the means to do so.

And for the love of all that’s holy, unplug once in a while. Catch your breath. Rest your mind. Click that little “X” in the upper-right corner of the screen. The world – and all its woes – will still be there the next time you open your browser. I promise.

Oh… and when you do return to the rat race of social media, be sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter. 😉

Tim Wells

Dad, husband, gamer, blogger, geek. Not necessarily in that order.