Is Social Media Worth It?

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I was going to write a post about how people could communicate better, but the truth is, most people have no interest in changing themselves, especially if it robs them of the occasional high one gets from one-upping someone else. That seems to be what social media communications has devolved into.

More and more, I’m seeing fluff, memes, fake news articles, and the useless minutae of people’s lives and very little actual conversation. What conversation exists is usually based on one of the above, or is simply a pissing contest. It doesn’t help when being a loud, irrational victim is the latest craze.

I’ve begun to wonder what social media actually brings to my life. I mean, yeah, it’s an easy way to keep in touch with people who won’t use anything but Facebook. However, if they really want to be a part of my life, I figure they can make a little bit of effort. A text or email would be fine. I’d do the same.

When I go through a day seeing the same things repeated ad nausaeum, and the same arguments being tossed back and forth, I feel like it’s dumbing me down. I get wrapped up in the maelstrom of stupidity myself, because it’s addictive. That little rush is still a high, and most highs are psychologically addictive at best.

I like to pride myself on being additcion free. I don’t smoke tobacco, and I don’t consume caffeine on a daily basis. I have no illicit drug addictions. But internet addiction is no better, and I’ve given into it heavily, time and again. So, I’m weaning myself off of it, one network at a time.

Today, I left Facebook, because it was the one that consumed the most time and has contained the most vitriol. Twitter may be next, as it’s just shorter bites of the same. Tumblr I may keep around for a while because, despite its reputation, it’s a lot easier to control what you get and people tend to use it a lot more for original expressions, art, photography, etc. I actually get inspiration from it and my feed is filled with images and words that soothe me or inspire creativity.

I also need to make more use of my personal site here. Get my own expressions out there on my own platform. If people like it, then cool. If not, so be it. At least it’s authentic and original. It’s an outlet. Perhaps someday it may even be a source of income.

All I know is I feel like I’ve been trudging through quicksand and I’d rather be on the beach.

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