I was always against social media. I remember thinking to myself ‘What on earth could be a bigger waste of time then listening to what a bunch of people who I don’t care about and have no relationship with complain about their sad little lives?’ and well to a large extent I was right. However I then started using social media for business and connecting with other likeminded people. A lot different then listening to Sally talk about her day and Jack complain about his wife (or whatever happens on normal social media).
Yet with that being said even with connecting with good sources and using social media for business purposes I still think that overall social media is better if left untouched. That’s coming from someone who has a follow me on Twitter CTA after every article (something I’ve though about taking down but am not going through hundreds of articles to do so). Anyways here on my thoughts on after using social media for a couple of months and still coming away with the idea that it’s better left alone than anything else.
Reason #1 – Waste Of Time
Truth be told social media even if done for the sake of connecting and finding good information can be a waste of time. If you want to have true connections then get out in your community and if you want to find good information then read a book. Sure social media can be used to reach out to those you can’t meet in real life but you’d probably be better off sending them a e-mail or some other form of communication that isn’t so clogged like social media.
Now one thing on social media that I like is when articles are shared but honestly very few do that. It’s mostly spouting off of this or that nonsense, and this is from red pill sources I can’t imagine what the normie feed looks like. Something that would make we want to puke I’m guessing. Overall I look and think what would be better spending 20 minutes looking at a feed about people spouting off this and that or 20 minutes reading a classic book or spending that time in mediation. No matter what social media ends up being a waste of time.
Reason #2 – Fake Work
Social media can trick you into thinking you’re doing something when you’re not. You responded to someone’s post means you’re networking. You posted an article means you’re sharing and so on and so forth. Truth of the matter is you think you’re doing work when in reality you’re just doing stuff. Like the difference between someone who is busy and someone who is productive. Someone who is busy is constantly doing things but not actually getting things done. While someone who is productive is constantly getting things done.
Writing a chapter in a book, writing a new post, going out and knocking on a door for your business those are all examples of productive activities. Responding to someone’s tweet, liking something, or posting an article on twitter are all examples of busy work where nothing is actually getting done. Social media allows you to pretend like you’re doing something and that you’re getting things done when in reality you aren’t. Real work happens in the real world.
Reason #3 – The Echo Chamber
This is probably the most important reason of the three and that is the echo chamber. When you have everyone saying the same thing it can make you think that reality is a certain way when it’s not. If you’re getting the majority of your interactions, news, or information from social media you’ll always end up with an inaccurate picture. Real life your experiences with other people and the world are the ultimate measures of things. Not the follower count that someone has.
I recommend unplugging from the internet from time to time. It can be a source of great information but it can also be unhealthy. It’s a double edged sword and truthfully I like having my breaks from it despite the fact that I make the majority of my living from it. Point is you need to get out in the real world with real people. Never have the majority of your thoughts come from what people online say. Interact with real people and balance that out with those you connect with online. Life is lived in the real world not on social media.
The best knowledge comes from books. Good old fashioned paperback or hardcover books. Not social media posts, not blog posts, and not e-books. Get good knowledge and then interact with real people. Don’t get sucked into the world of social media even if it’s red pill/whatever. Take a break if you have to, honestly you probably won’t want to return. I’ve considered deleting my Twitter account a few times simply to focus more on other things. Social media can certainly be used productively but it’s far more likely that it’s the one that is using you.
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