This is just so silly it’s fun: the 3 Reasons You Should Quit Social Media In 2013 are, according to a Forbes.com post over the weekend:
- It harms your self esteem.
- Your blood pressure will thank you.
- Online is no substitute for offline.
Two of these are just fun — bad research, obviously — and one just silly.
Harms your self esteem, supposedly, because of research the post author cites…
… a UK study from the fall found that over 50% of social media users evaluated their participation in social networking as having an overall negative effect on their lives. Specifically, they singled out the blow to their self-esteem that comes from comparing themselves to peers on Facebook and Twitter as the biggest downfall.
Now that’s obviously bad research. Poorly phrased questions, a non-random list, or some other flaw. And, by the way, proof that these days you can find research to prove any crazy assertion you want to make.
And as for social media being bad for blood pressure, that’s because …
Social media a hotbed of bad behavior – flame wars, bragging, bashing and crimes against grammar, among other misdeeds.
So if that’s a worry, then don’t drive a car, don’t talk to people, and, well, don’t get out of bed. Don’t read news. Don’t turn on the television. Sleep a lot.
As for the third reason, online being no substitute for offline, the post makes a good point.
Almost a quarter of Americans say that they’ve missed out on important life moments in their quest to capture and memorialize them for social media. Think about that the next time you’re Instagraming your anniversary dinner at P.F. Chang’s.
So there’s a good lesson in that, and a good reminder. We’ve all seen that happening, most of us have done that. But wait — is it really all or nothing? Either quit social media altogether or get lost in your phone when you’re with people? That’s not great logic. How about take the real nugget out of that one, and draw some borders.
Final thought: that’s a good title, though: 3 reasons to quite social media. It got my attention. Contrarian titles work.