I have two reasons to say that social media is dumb right now. Maybe it has always been dumb and I am just now realizing it. (I guess that makes me dumb then)
- The Over-users.
- The Under-Users.
The over-users blow everybody up with everything that they read. (Did you spend all day on social media?) The share button should be used very sparingly. I find it hard to believe that every article that gets shared is really that important. My suggestion, share button limits. One per day and 25 per month. That’s all you get. (I know I know it will never happen)
The other part of that is that I think a person should only have one post per day. No more. No less? Use a social site to publish the most important thing you want to say in any given day. I would be willing to use it more if I could see everyone’s one important thought/insight/memory.
Here’s to a new social media site. “One a Day”. (Isn’t that already a vitamin) It will be healthier.
I think the under-users really bug me more. Most often they are referred to as lurkers. The under-users are those that have accounts, but never share anything. Maybe once or twice per year. So yeah, never. They just log on to see what everyone else is up to. (They would probably have more fun if they just watched a movie.) I liken this behavior to a person that walks the neighborhood at night a peeks in everyone’s window to see what is going on. (“Wow Richard, that’s harsh!”) I don’t think it is. A social network is meant to be social meaning all who are in should be in. Tell us about your day. (Keep it to only one per day though please.) We want to hear from you.
For that reason on the social network I would create (One A Day: The Healthy Way to Socialize on The Web) I would require one post per day or five per week at least. That would encourage everyone to get involved or not. That means that if you don’t keep up with your one a day posts then you are out for a while. (Harsh again) Ahh I guess we could let them back in at some point. I don’t know. I’m just thinking out loud here.
Anyways (It’s a word! I Googled it.), I am beginning to see some negative effects of social media in my own life and in the life of my family. These are just a few of the problems I consider.
I do believe there is a place for social media and it can be a positive place but I also believe we could all stand to consider the consequences of our actions just a little more.
Anyways (Google it.). See ya later.