Technology and Why We Shouldn’t Hide from It
We see it all the time, Facebook posts of people stating they are giving up technology or giving up social medias. Certainly it is healthy to shift focus from time to time, but to disconnect completely for any length of time is a disservice. I will set my phone down during certain periods of the day, but information travels quickly. To remove myself from the super highway of information will put me at a disadvantage.
For people who use social media simply to connect, then this is irrelevant. For those who are using it for business or networking, then disconnecting completely is the wrong choice. Somehow it has become noble to not use Facebook for a month when in reality it needs to be used consistently. As stated in the introduction, information travels at lighting speed.
For those of you using social media for growth, you need to push through those times of question. Start by eliminating the unnecessary information on your feeds, clear your visuals. Next, follow only those that offer value information. Lastly, ignore anything else and focus on the objective at hand. We should not hide from social media.
Using technology for business is a must and by removing yourself from it will hinder growth. In the 20th century technology was limited compared to what we have now. Newspapers and the radio provided everyone with the news. Television then came along, making the radio less of a factor. Now, we utilize mobile phones and the Internet to pass data. Disconnecting from this will hinder many aspects of your life.
Alright, now I will acknowledge that disconnecting can happen from time to time. However, it must be deliberate and instead of bragging about it, let it be for your own satisfaction. If you find yourself stressing, go on a weekend vacation and leave the phone in the hotel room. That way you still have your phone near but are not attached at the hip.
People need to stop bragging or showing people that they are disconnecting from social media. Again, if you only use it casually then disconnecting will not impact you. For the people who use it everyday and use it for networking, you must continue to stick with it and utilize its amazing abilities. This will shift one day into something new, possibly virtual reality. Until then, this is how information is consumed and there is no use in hiding from it.