Those of you who know me know that I have many answers for the question of why to avoid social media like the plague.
I detest social media. I detest everything about it. I have never had a Facebook page, I’ve never had a Twitter. I had a college class at Penn State that required Tweeting or whatever you call it once a week. I told the professor I wasn’t doing that and did a special assignment instead. I did have a LinkedIn profile my senior year at Penn State but I deleted it after it didn’t help me find a job. Why to avoid social media begins here.
It’s not that I’m deathly afraid of other people. It’s that I really don’t like them or the things they have to say and I refuse to have my life revolve around crap like that. Why to avoid social media starts with the fact that It does nothing to benefit me personally. For those of you considering why to avoid social media, I bet it would make your life a lot better.
I Value Privacy
Why to avoid social media? I don’t want everyone, even my close family and friends, to know what I’m doing, where I’ve been, what piece of content I’ve recently written, etc. I really value my privacy and just want to keep to myself.
I also don’t really care to see what others are doing. Their definition of privacy and my definition of privacy is not the same thing. I’d like to keep my definition of privacy over here, thank you very much.
I Hate Seeing My Ex and His Stupid New Haircut
Sometimes when I’m with friends, we decide to creep on our old high school classmates to see what they’re up to (lame, I know. But who doesn’t do that?) because my friends have Facebook and I don’t.
Unfortunately, my ex and I began dating in middle school (and then proceeded to date again after that, and then one more time in adulthood before I finally realized what a dodo he was) so he falls into this category.
He has this hideous new haircut and a wife with my name, so it’s weird. I hate seeing him. I don’t want to see him. Why to avoid social media offers me the benefit of avoiding seeing him.
I Value My Time
I have things to do. These including writing, taking care of animals, drinking tea, etc. I value my time and I like to use my time to do things that I deem worthy, like taking out the trash or gardening, you know?
I’d much rather be composting than seeing what you’re doing or having you try to contact me in some meaningless way. I get more stuff done because I spend less time on dumb stuff like people who aren’t really in my life.
If You Can’t Call Me, I Don’t Want to Talk to You
I like my old-fashioned flip phone, and I like that it can make and receive phone calls. If you can’t call, I’m not really interested in talking to you. It’s as simple as that.
If you want to try and get in touch with me through social media, this means that you’re more interested in snooping on my life and comparing it to your own rather than speaking to me and asking me how I’m doing. Why to avoid social media? To avoid people who don’t really care and need you to make themselves feel better.
I Don’t Care if You “Like” Me
As a writer, I recognize the potential value in having social media for sharing my work and getting traffic to my site as well as to the sites of my clients.
This is indeed a huge thing that many clients are looking for—a large social media following. I don’t have one. I’m honest about it. I don’t care if you like me or follow me or re-tweet me or whatever.
You’ll have to find another writer if this is something you’re interested in because I’m not interested. Why to avoid social media? Avoid people who want to like you and want you to like them.
Why to avoid social media is a healthy question that many people should be considering. Just because I hate social media doesn’t mean that you have to hate it. It does, however, mean that I’ll be avoiding it. You can save time, not see your exes, stop comparing your life to other peoples’, and gain privacy.
Get off that social media site and start living!
Update to this post: I was recently compelled to make a Facebook account due to that goddamn Facebook comments plugin. People were commenting on my articles and I had no way to respond to them. If you ask me to my face though I will vehemently deny that I have one. Its sole use is to reply to comments.