As I recently announced my own information diet, I’ve started to notice a few other people pulling back on their activities in similar spaces, particularly in social media.
One of the people that I follow closely on Twitter, Phil Baumann is taking a break – referring to it as a “Brain defrag.” His new Twitter avatar reflects his position as a self-described twitterholic.
Others, including hospital social media watcher Ed Bennett have indicated an interest in following suit (although Ed has already fallen off the wagon, it seems).
I’ve seen musings in the past that amount to social media fatigue. I’ve also read a number of accounts of people who have backed down on their social media usage, particularly amongst college students as they enter the working world.
This feels different to me, somehow. These are professionals who use social media for business and for self promotion – not simply as a social outlet. They use it in this way and it’s gotten out of their control.
None of them have suggested that any of this doesn’t have the value that they’d thought it had in the past. Nor have any indicated an interest in not returning to social media.
So my question is – Can you regain balance in social media usage without taking a cold-turkey break to reset its role in your life? On the other hand, do we have a growing problem with social media addiction, in which case, there may be some people who can’t tweet just once?