Why some people shut off social media sites from their lives, for good
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+...the list of social networking sites goes on and on. Staying connected to the Internet 24/7 is easier than ever now thanks to smart phones, laptops and Wi-Fi. But what happens when you can’t log off? If staying connected, posting updates and tweets is taking too much of your time, you might be suffering from social media burnout, and you don’t know it yet.
Feeling burned out:
An article on the New York Times website recently chronicled the lives of people who decided to permanently log off from certain social media sites because they just couldn’t handle the pressure of being on so many sites at once anymore. In just a few years, social networking has become the most popular online activity practiced by many people all around the world. It’s ahead of sending emails, searching the Internet for various queries, and playing video games. So it’s easy to understand why some people can be overwhelmed by it all. Sadly for some websites, social media burnout is costing them some precious members. Take Google+ for example. It’s true that many people (including me) signed up for it when it first went public...but with so many other social networking and niche sites out there, I just can’t seem to get into Google+ and, to be honest, I just don’t find it to be that different from Facebook.
Keeping your head out of the water:
Still, there are ways to prevent social media burnout, and they’re easy to do:
In the end, it is as the old proverb says: “All good things in moderation”. Target where you want to be present and take some time off from networking, tweeting and posting from time to time. You’ll be glad you did and you just might have something interesting to share when you do get back online.