This is a quick post for those of you who spend your free time on blogs and other sites like Facebook, Pinterest, Reddit, etc. If you hate social networking, this post is for you as well, since you’re already connecting with someone else (me).
On my local news network a couple nights ago, I saw an interesting story about parents being pressured by social networking sites like Pinterest, a popular image sharing site. What happens is that children access these sites, and become sucked into this fantasy world of craft art, with the likes of Muppet cupcakes and anything else you can think of. As they get sucked more and more into la-la land, the line between fiction and reality is incredibly blurred.
One example being (on the newscast) a sandwich in the shape of Mater from Disney’s Cars. Would you like to know what I would do if my kid demanded I make a sandwich like that? I would remind them of how lucky we are to be able to have food in the first place.
When we think of social networking, we are dealing with a large world, no doubt about it. But it’s not that large. Facebook only has 1 billion users, yet our human population is around 7 billion. Now sure, you can argue that Facebook is common, because it is. But when you delve more into specialty networking like Pinterest, Path, LinkedIN, etc., your audience is narrowed. Don’t look at the number of people registered like a statistic, but appreciate every user. Chances are, Pinterest users are in the top 15% threshold of income; and that’s without me knowing anything about their demographic user-base. People who have the time to create such wonderful works of art can most likely; Pay for living expenses, food, auto (if applicable), a computer (whether handheld or personal) and internet at the minimum. Notice the backgrounds or any kind of tool shown in a photo. See something like Williams and Sonoma kitchenware? How about anything from Neiman Marcus? Either they, or someone they know is well off.
I don’t mean to be irate, but I think we must remember that we are people. Nature did not intend for technology, man did. If you are feeling under pressure from social networking (i.e. it is becoming a huge part of your life), do yourself a favor and unplug. Right when you’re done reading this post. Not sure of what to do? Here are some ideas:
- Go for a long drive (and leave the smartphone at home)
- Spend quality time with your family
- Go on a nature walk
- Try some new cooking recipies (don’t go online for a cookbook, BE CREATIVE)
- Find a new hobby that isn’t related to technology
- Go to the beach
- Exercise (biking, lifting, anything really)
- Read a book
- Anything else you can think of!
Alright, I have left you with nine ideas. That should be enough to get the creative juices flowing in your brain. Remember, we have one for a reason! Don’t let it rot with overdosing on social networking.