Do you hear that? That noise that won’t shut off no matter where you turn? Did you know that there is an off button? But you have to log out first. I’m talking about the noise of social media. It gets so loud and crowded in that bubble that it feels as if you’re standing shoulder to shoulder in a crowded bar.
I love Twitter. Out of every social media site out there, Twitter is my favorite. I do love the others for various reasons, but I love the freedoms Twitter allows us. But like every social media site, there comes a time when you just need to stop everything and think about what you really want to see. I’ve never been a fan of following over 100 people on Twitter. In fact, my current list of people I follow is only up to 33. I am a social media minimalist, and I am proud. Here’s why:
I find that the more accounts I follow, the more overwhelmed I feel. People have a lot to say and while most of it is trivial, I just don’t really care what others are eating, who they’re eating it with and where they are off to next. When you really think about it, social media is nothing but unnecessary noise. Sure, I may tweet a lot (hence my username) but even I have to admit that it gets tiring after a while, writing to a screen, hoping someone will listen. Blogging is the same way. Who are we talking to and are they really absorbing everything we are trying to convey?
My brain goes on an information overload when I check social media sometimes yet I can’t seem to stay away. Enjoying the silence is so rare nowadays yet when I find a moment to do so, I’m already crafting a witty tweet to send out. What kind of society are we becoming? What happened to the mystery? Will my phone ever ring, rather than vibrate with a notification?
For me, being a social media minimalist is key to keeping things balanced. Hearing about one’s constant successes (I’m still happy for them) while I’m still down in the dumps isn’t healthy and it sure isn’t helping my confidence. I’m very picky in choosing who I follow. They have to add something positive to my life. I’m not a fan of big crowds – in real life and on social media. How many followers I have does not affect my personal well-being and I’m tired of being told that it matters. It does not matter. Get your priorities in check and let me be with my small army in tow.