|Screencap from my tumblr page|
Like most people today, I use a lot of social media sites. These can take up a lot of time with constant checking on the phone, instead of enjoying the moment. I have pared down with simple tricks: turn off push notifications, put the phone away when I'm with people etc., but also by selecting which ones really add value to my life. Here is my simple approach to social media, if it can help.
I have decided to use social sites as tools to simplify my life, as opposed to getting sucked into them, or banning them altogether. Again, I guess it is a moderate approach to the subject. In order to avoid feeling drowned by social media sites, I identify exactly why I am on it, what use I have of it, and remove the non essential.
Each social media has its advantages, and can be great tools, if you adapt them to your preferences. But you first have to decide what you want to get out of it. My philosophy is, if it doesn't bring anything to your life, apart from negative comparison and other constraints, then unsubscribe.
Here are, as a very concrete example, a few of my social media pages and what they are for:
Twitter - I have stopped getting news feed from there, as there are too many updates by the minute. Now, I follow "individuals" who post much less often. As to how I update my own twitter feed, that's where I share my favourite articles, videos, sites. A sort of live feed version of the "Food for Thoughts" posts.
Tumblr - The online moodbard! I "curate" and reblog images I like. The idea is to gather pictures that inspire me in some way, then shuffle my tumblr archives when in need of inspiration or mood.
Instagram - I use instagram as a way to snap an ordinary moment I'm enjoying. As a way to remind myself to stay here, in that moment, and be grateful for it. I take a quick snap and go back to it. So, mostly pictures of my everyday life - food, nice finds, things that make me laugh or think...
Goodreads - As a book lover, I couldn't ignore Goodreads once I was made aware of its existence. I regularly update my reading progress - because the "reading challenge" motivates me to keep reading every day, but also to enter my favourite reads so the site can recommend me some new reads when I'm short of inspiration for my to-read list.
I have a couple more social pages that I use, but more to "be there": Google +, a page that Google created for me when they launched their social site, but which I quite fail to update (that would be too many sites to update), Linkedin, as an online resume which is used quite a lot in my field of work, to keep in touch with former colleagues and "be on the market" for new job opportunities. Facebook, as a worldwide contact book of all the people I met and liked over the world. I also used to have a Polyvore account but I finally found it too annoying to update, and too commercial, so I abandoned it.
In any case, my social updates are quite sporadic, and I have decided not to keep up with the various feeds to break free from the infamous "FOMO". The mindset behind my social media use is to use the service to my convenience, instead of being sucked by the streams of information and expectations to keep up to.
This is a similar mindset as to how I use objects around me, in a way: it has to be convenient, practical, make my life easier or more enjoyable. If it doesn't, out it goes. How do you use social media? Did you simplify your pages and streams lately?