Being that I am a social media manager, I use it slightly differently than the average person would. I am constantly looking for content, interacting with followers, creating content in multiple voices, finding out the news, interacting with friends, reading articles about theatre and feminism, and watching video compilations of hilarious Cockatoos. So it gets busy in there.
And that can be so unbelievably stressful, and I think I can boil it down to a very few things.
1. Everything on social media starts to matter too much.
It becomes easy (for me, at least) to analyze my every interaction with every person on the Internet to a ridiculous point. Not to mention how social media can pull our attention from really important interactions with the world around us.
2. We compare ourselves to people who may not exist
People certainly behave differently on social media than they do in real life, and we only ever see the parts of them that they choose to reveal. Typically, a person would want to show only their best self, and so we believe that that is who they are all the time. Not so. We may feel like we know a lot about a person through our online interactions with them, but it's certainly different than seeing them frequently.
3. Typed thoughts can easily be misconstrued
Oftentimes the meaning of what someone has typed is hard to read without the benefit of tone of voice and body language to help us understand what that person is actually saying. Occasionally, such misinterpretations can lead to ugly situations.
Don't get me wrong, folks, I love social media! That doesn't mean that it's all perfect all the time.
What is the best or worst thing about social media? Tell me in the comments!