FBC – 243 – The bright and dark side of social media

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The bright and dark side of social media.

Today, we are going to talk about social media. What's your take about social media? Is it bringing you better than harm? Or on the contrary, you think that the usage has been hijacked from its original purpose?

I will reveal my take on this matter inside this episode

I just wanted to touch base on something that’s actually killing your productivity. So it can help if it’s used correctly, but it can actually, in most cases ruin all your efforts. And this thing is social media.

So people have different opinions of social media. Some people are saying social media is the devil. Some people are like social media is the best thing on the planet and stuff. And I think that just like everything, it can be used in a good way or it can be used in a bad way.

So what I like about social media is that it allows you to connect with people all over the globe and you have a platform to be able to provide them with content. So you can basically create a bond with people on the other side of the planet. You can see a little bit more of a view, not just words on an email.

They can see you and they can relate to you. So social media allows you, if you play your cards right, to have your voice heard and to spread your message without having to pay too much money or anything, because some stuff can actually go viral. And as far as I'm concerned it also helps me keep track of, you know, what my friends are doing when I have time to go and check it out.

But there are also bad things about social media. So the bad things that I see about social media is, you know, some people and I mean, sadly, I think it's a lot of people did confuse social media with their life. You know, it's it becomes a necessity to be on it for whatever is happening on social media.

You know, so, like, why haven't you posted that on Facebook? For some people I mean, that's their whole life, you know, I know it's crazy. Some people are really, like, obsessed with that kind of thing because they want to portray a life and they want people to believe that they have this life that they don't actually have.

Because what you see on social media is usually the highlight of people's lives. It doesn't necessarily reflect what their life is. OK.

It basically creates this need for attention that people have for showing off and everything. And this is really bad because it forces you to live a life that's really not yours. And a lot of people do this. They're actually kind of miserable, because what they do is spend their time looking at someone else’s picture and being jealous or feeling the need to compete.

But please understand this. When someone posts a photo of the Bahamas or something, dude, it's their holiday of the year. It's not like they’re in the Bahamas all the time. They have two weeks off. They bought a ticket. They went to the Bahamas. You could do that. You've been to places that these people have never been to.

The bright and dark side of social media

But it becomes an obsession. I know a lot of people who basically gauged their life based on social media, Facebook and Instagram. I think that this misuse of this kind of platform can make you miserable.

But in addition to this, it can make you really unproductive. And this is a killer. So these social media platforms, you have to understand something. They're not selling you anything, right? They're not. It's free for you to be on there. So they will sell afterwards. They're selling companies ad space.

They want you to stay on the platform. And hence everything is done on those platforms to make sure you stay as long as humanly possible. And you can understand that this objective of theirs is not compatible with yours, which is that you need to be focused on your own stuff.

But these people know how to how to lure you into staying longer on the platform. The longer your stay on the platform, the more distracted you are and the less you're working on your stuff. OK. So you have to be very, very careful with social media. Don't get sucked into social media vortex and then you're not able to get out of it.

So for some of the things you do like marketing and stuff, you will need to use social media. Right. You may need to Facebook or Instagram because this connects you to your audience, but be very, very careful of not getting hooked to it.

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