5 Questions About Social Media You Were Too Afraid To Ask
As a blogger, I probably should know more about other forms of social media, but I have a blog to write. I don’t have time to be social. Plus, there are a lot of things about the OTHER social media that I’m not wild about. There are too many tweets, too many selfies, too much staring at a phone while walking/talking/driving. It makes me cranky enough to open my front door and tell a bunch of kids to get off my lawn, except they wouldn’t listen to me because they’re all staring at their phones.
Since I’m an aspiring writer, I feel the need to utilize this… ugh… social media. It’s too potentially valuable not to use. But a lot of it could also end up being a waste of time, and I don’t want that either. So before I decide to commit time to other sites like Twitter or Instagram or Tumblr, I’d like to get answers from people who might know more than I do. I’ve felt like asking these questions for a while, but I’ve hesitated because I don’t want to come across as rude.
However, I’ve always been told in school and in training sessions that if I have a question, then a bunch of other people probably have the same question and are too afraid to ask. So here are five questions about social media I was afraid to ask:
1. How many tweets do you actually read?
This question might seem rude, but it’s very important to me. A lot of people have hundreds, even thousands of followers on Twitter . To get those followers, you have to in turn follow almost that many other people (unless you’re a celebrity or you’ve got a great gimmick). I have less than 20 Twitter followers. I would follow more, but even by following less than 20 people, I have a tough time keeping up with their tweets. If I can’t do it, how can somebody who follows hundred, maybe even thousands, of people?
So, if you follow hundreds or thousands (or hundreds of thousands) of people, how many tweets do you actually read?
2. How do you find the time to do all this social media stuff?
I have a blog and a Twitter account (which I hardly ever use). Other people have both plus Facebooks, Instagrams, Link’d, Google+, and a bunch of other stuff that has cropped up recently. I have a full-time job and a family, and use my free time for writing (blog and one other major project). If you use more than one kind of social media, how much time do you devote to each? I go to my blog at least once a day (usually more, especially if I write something that day). I look at my Twitter account maybe once every few days (which defeats the purpose of having a Twitter account, I understand that).
I don’t have much time for anything else. If you spend a lot of time on more than one site, how do you do it? Do you do it at your job when you’re supposed to be working? I have co-workers that do this. Do you not get enough sleep? Do you never step foot outside? What part of life do you ignore so that you can spend so much time on social media?
3. How much of social media is actually useful?
When I read through Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, I think most of it is a waste of time. It’s a fun waste of time, but most of it seems to have little real purpose. It looks like something people use to kill time, which is fine because I watch football, and nobody who watches football can complain too much about what others do with their spare time. But I expected more.
For example, most people blog for a purpose. My main purpose is to improve my writing skills so that I maybe I can do something with my writing when I retire from my job that has nothing to do with writing. No other form of social media does that for me as much as a blog does. Other bloggers use Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram as supplements, but most stuff that I see out there seems pointless, except to let others know they’re out there. All they’re doing is being social, which kind of makes sense because it’s called “social media.”
Okay. I get it now. I’m not very social so, of course, I wouldn’t understand social media.
4. Where am I supposed to respond to you?
If you use a blog, and Twitter and Facebook, and Instagram, and more, and it’s all connected, then which one do you want me to leave a comment on? If you write a blog post, and I notice you publicizing it on Twitter, do you want me to respond on Twitter, or do you want me to go to your blog and comment? Because you know… I can’t do both. I just can’t.
5. Have you ever sent out pictures of body parts?
Maybe I should rephrase that.
5. Why do people put so many pictures of themselves online?
Even if I wasn’t somewhat anonymous as a blogger, I wouldn’t want many pictures of me on Twitter, Facebook, etc. I wouldn’t want potentially millions of people looking at my picture. I’m not ugly (maybe kind of average), but it’s just the idea of so many pictures. I don’t understand the selfie fascination. The novelty of it should have worn off by now.
I’ve taken one selfie just to prove that I could do it, and it’s a good picture. You can see the background, and you can’t even see my arm. I nailed it on my first try. And I did it in public. And I showed it off to my daughters, who then wanted to be in a selfie with me (well, the youngest one wanted to, the oldest one just turned old enough to be too cool to be seen in a picture with her dad). But once I was done selfie-ing , I didn’t text it, Twitter it, email it, Instagram it, Facebook it, or anything. I kept it. Maybe that’s one reason some people think I’m a boring guy.
I’m glad all this technology wasn’t around when I was growing up. Between the porn (which I don’t have many questions about) and the social media, I never would have gotten my school work (or anything) done. I’m glad that all this stuff has happened at a time when my brain can handle it without getting carried away.
But enough about me! Which of these questions about social media can you answer? What questions about social media do you have that I haven’t asked? What questions do you have about my own usage of social media? Were these questions rude, insensitive? Were you afraid to ask the same questions? Have you ever been afraid to ask a question?
From → Dysfunctional Literacy