The Preponderance of Social Media

All of the social media choices available leave me feeling exhausted lately.  Ten years ago, I had email and an account on Friendster (anyone remember that?) that I almost never used.  I think I had registered on classmates.com, but most of their features were paid, and I definitely wasn’t interested in paying for anything.  I knew people on MySpace, but I couldn’t see the point to it for myself.  I did have an online diary at opendiary.com, though my diary was not “open” or linked to my real name.  However, that diary brought me several really wonderful friendships that went from online to in-person, and that still flourish today, years after I stopped writing there.

Today, I have:

  • A Twitter account, something I swore I would never get.  But then I realized that’s where all the latest sports info was being posted, and I got hooked.  And then I had to follow everyone in the Joss Whedon world, of course, so there’s that. But I don’t have my twitter linked to my Facebook, though I do have it linked to this blog.
  • A GoodReads account, which I actually really like and get a lot of good book suggestions from.
  • A Facebook account, which I don’t use nearly as much as I used to, but which I rely on for keeping up on many friends’ lives.  These days, it seems like Facebook is the only way I find out about deaths, pregnancies, and marriages.  Also, Facebook has been very useful networking for gigs and teaching.
  • A Pinterest account – which I truly had NO interest in, but then my husband got one, and…  I did a flurry of pinning the first day I got it, and nothing since.  Again, makes me feel exhausted.
  • An account at My Fitness Pal, which I’ve really fallen off using.  It’s actually a great site, and really helpful when I’m trying to count calories and track workouts, but I go through periods where it all just feels like too much trouble.

And that’s not even that many sites, I know that, but it feels like a lot, and with some exceptions, I’ve really resisted linking them all together for convenience.  But it just feels like a big messy snarl of stuff.  I don’t want any more accounts at any of these sites!  I want less!

What will our online worlds look like in another five years?  In another fifteen years, when Domingos and I retire?  Will it still all feel so scattered and messy to me?

0 Replies to “The Preponderance of Social Media”

  1. I’ve wondered the same thing. I’m not that old, but I still find myself yearning for the “old days” when everyone wrote hand-written letters and we actually had to talk on the phone, instead of text or email. I like the convenience of email and other sorts of technology, but sometimes it gets out of hand, and I’m a little worried about how it’s affecting the younger generations that completely rely on it and are less adequate at handling social situations. People are ruder when they can hide behind a screen:(

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