I’ve had a weird relationship with social media for a long time. While I love connecting with people from all over the world, I have found that social media feels to me like it has morphed into this thing which rarely creates relationships or interests which feel organic and lasting. It seems like a lot of scrolling and clicking without really connecting with what’s being clicked on or scrolled past. Without revealing my age, I’ll say that I’ve been around on the online world for ages, and I’ve noted these changes for many years.
This isn’t about getting the most people to see my stuff, or I’d be staying on it. It’s just that social media, as it is right now, is flooded with people and information to the point of overwhelm. At least, it’s overwhelming for me. My intention is to find and create communities of a depth which go deeper and move slower than what is available when interacting on the big online social giants.
This is not a critique of individual people at all. It’s a me thing. I know that there are people who absolutely love social media and that’s cool, really. For myself, it just feels as though the way that the online world has shaped itself over the last several years has created information overload, shortened attention spans (I’ve noticed this in myself too), and a sea of information (and memes) which moves at hurricane speeds. These days, I’m all about settling into gentler rhythms.
Before social media was such a thing, the internet was a different world. I’m not sure if that world still exists. It might take me a while to figure out how to connect with the amazing stuff people are doing without it, but I’m going to give it a real effort. Depending on how this goes, I may end up back on it, and finding ways to utilize it differently. This should be interesting!
As always, I’m sending lots of love your way.