Social Media; the Good, Bad, and the Ugly

“The more social media we have, the more we think we are connecting, yet we are really disconnecting from each other.” – JR

Today as I was brush hogging pastures the topic of Social Media (SM) bounced around in my brain cells. How powerful is SM and how many people realize how powerful it is?

So many have the mentality that it must be true because I saw it on the internet. Personally I view the internet as a communication tool.

A bit in the horses mouth is a tool used by the rider to communicate to the horse. If used correctly it is a good thing but if used incorrectly it can hurt the horses mouth making it difficult to get the bit in the horses mouth the next time the rider wants to ride. This also applies to SM.

It is used to spread lies and some use it as a bullying tool. How do you stop it? That my friend is a $64 question.

I did a search on SM etiquette and at Moneycrashers.com I found an article written by Brian Martucci outlining what he thinks is proper etiquette.

1) Don’t mix business and pleasure.

2) Use caution posting and tagging photos.

3) Be self-centered in small doses.

4) Understand that your sense of humor

isn’t universal.

5) Don’t be reactive.

6) Avoid over-sharing.

7) Build a legacy for the future.

8). Don’t misrepresent yourself.

9). Don’t drink and tweet.

10). Understand each platform’s best

practices.

I was able to find some statistical data about Facebook.

1. 1.15 billion mobile daily active users.

2). 2.38 billion monthly active users.

3). 1.56 billion people log onto FB daily.

4). 1.74 billion mobile active users.

Ten million, on average, use the “Like” and share buttons.

307 million Europeans are on FB.

25 to 34 is the most common age demographic.

5 new profiles are created every second.

76% of women and 66% of males are FB users.

Highest traffic occurs midweek between 1pm to 3 pm.

83 million fake profiles.

300 million photo uploads per day.

20 minutes is the average time folks spend on FB.

Now let that all sink in.

SM brings old friends together and can destroy current friendships. Many people will say and post things that they would not have done face to face.

SM can be used for so many things and you can drive yourself crazy trying to figure out what is real news and fake news. Be careful how you use SM because it can come back and bite you in the arse. Stop, think about the consequences and use care before you hit that button.

7 thoughts on “Social Media; the Good, Bad, and the Ugly

  1. Those numbers are staggering. I agree with the target of 25-34 (most popular, most active and reactive demographic group for most advertisers). This group is most likely to have FB, Twitter, SnapChat, and Instagram accounts, and a couple others besides. It boggles my mind that there are so many users; the early afternoon timeframe for highest usage, not sure which Time Zone is being used, if that’s a floating time frame (universally similar regardless) or an average from all, but, with 20 minutes, probably using lunch or after school times.

    I’ve had dinners out, surrounded by my daughter and her 20-27 yr old friends, when everyone was on their phones (it’s why I like to go to restaurants where food requires chopsticks, skewers, or fingers so phones mostly are on the table). It was so quiet, and, other tables looked the same.

    I am concerned what this “together, but not connecting” group will be like in 20 years. Their lack of human face to face interactions already result in misunderstandings and volcanic responses to posts. They struggle with “normal” communication; their SM lives Are “normal” for them.

    The internet and cable came to be in my late 20s; not widely used until my mid 30s, but millennials have grown up with SM as a way of life that probably started in their grade school years. High schools talk to parents thru on line portals, vs a phone call, letter, or even email any more.

    Perhaps in coming years there will be You Tube videos and on line sessions to teach how to communicate better face to face. Wouldn’t surprise me to see one pop up next week.

    Here’s hoping the 25-34 yr olds realize the “downside” of being sucked in to their many SM avenues and consciously work to make sure face to face communication is a valued ability.

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