As a member of the millennium generation, social media has been engrained into everything I do. I took college courses that focused on social media, had my first MySpace account when I was in middle school and keep up-to-date with my grandma using social media. Given my, albeit slight overexposure to social media, I find it necessary to take a step back and recognize that social media is an element of our lives, it is not our lives. That said, here’s a helpful list of social media reminders for that moment when you begin to feel social media has taken control of your life.
Pinterest – You’re not a failure if you don’t Pinterest-ify everything you do.
Whether you’re a new mom looking for the best newborn photo opportunities, a party host seeking the most creative party favors or parents planning a birthday party for your child, it’s hard to not feel like a failure when you compare yourself to everything you see on Pinterest. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had conversations with my friends that start with, “Well I saw it on Pinterest so I have to do it,” or “I wish I would have Pinterest-ed it before I made this dish.” Trust me, parties were planned, dinners were served and houses were decorated before Pinterest. It’s important to keep a little perspective on how perfect you really expect your life to be.
Facebook – It’s a communication tool, not a communication necessity.
When I was pregnant with my daughter, I remember talking with some of my girlfriends about how my husband and I were going to announce our pregnancy on Facebook – I even wrote a whole blog on it! While it’s great to plan and get excited for your social media announcements of major events, it’s most important to focus on the real-world updates you share with your family and friends. I often find myself thinking, “Oh, we should get a picture of this because it would be really cute to share on Facebook.” When this happens I stop, take a step back and realize that it’s the real world that matters, not what we choose to share on our virtual world from our real world.
Twitter – There are other news sources… like the newspaper.
As a communications professional, this is the one I am most embarrassed to admit. Let’s face it, we live in a 24-7 busy world and we don’t always have time to pick up the newspaper or watch the morning news. For a while, I got into the habit of skipping my morning radio or newspaper update and did a quick scan of Twitter to catch up on current events. However, Twitter is not all-inclusive, and it has something like a 12-second lifecycle. If you rely on Twitter to stay up-to-date on your current events, you will miss out on a large portion of the news.