Sunday, August 27, 2017

The Problem With Better

We all have our ways of doing things, and habits are the hardest thing to change. In this day and age of quick growth, that can be a problem when new, better ways of doing things crop up.

Social media is mostly a bad habit. While it gives us a sight into the eventful lives of our friends and coworkers, it makes us feel obligated to keep up to date and to join in. So not only are our lives busier for trying to look as in the loop as everybody else, but also keeping track of where in the loop everybody else is.

It's exhausting.

A poll of my Facebook friends asked "How much time do you spend on social media?"

The answer that came back was unanimous: "Too much."

What if I told you there's a better way? That I've found a social media setup that reduced not only the amount of time you spent keeping up with others, but also how much time it took to share. Would you switch?

Hell no.

No, you'll stay on Facebook because it's a bad habit that you don't want to break. You'll stay because it's easy, because all your friends are there, because the thought of trying to convince all your friends to come with you is as exhausting as the thought of breaking the habit.

it's not because your friends were suddenly divested of all their common sense
If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you do it too? It's an old adage from your mother, but the truth of the matter is that you probably would. Either your friends are thrill-seekers, and you join them because you want to measure up, or there's something wrong with the bridge; it's not because your friends were suddenly divested of all their common sense.

But if we reverse the situation, what happens? If you jump off a bridge, are your friends likely to follow? Will they believe you if you tell them there's something wrong with the bridge? Or will they write you off as a thrill-seeker?

Say there is something wrong with the bridge, but you can't convince anybody you know or care about that there is a problem. Do you jump to save your own skin, or will you try to go down in a blaze of glory with your best buds by your side?


Sadly, most of my friends probably would write me off as a social-media thrill-seeker.

Yes, I still use Facebook. I still have a flood of social media accounts because I use them for business outreach. However, most of my activity is automatic; I don't have to be around for it to still show up.

So I'm moving on to something better. Something easier. Something more time efficient. Maybe I'll see you around.

But probably not. Enjoy your bridge.