Is Social Media Waste of Time?

Is Social Media Waste of Time?

There are many people who believe social media is waste of time. For example, this post "Top 10 Reasons Why Social Networking is a Waste of Time?" gives ten reasons why social media is waste of time. Among the reasons given is that social media is too big to manage, privacy intruder, fake identity, bullying and scam and its bad effects on study, work and health.

Critics such as Sherry Turkle advocate the idea thatΒ society at large is growing β€œalone together” in the face of the rapidly-changing technology at our fingertips. Businesses are losing precious times because of workers spend considerable times socializing in activities not related to their work. Businesses mostly find the dividends of social media are hardly noticed. Focus is lost as workers may be busy with varying issues at the same time. Credibility of recommendations are declining as the attitude of "recommend me and I recommend you back" is growing. Large scale campaigns on illusionary and faked issues.

The commonsense says that we should go where the customer is. I say we should go where the customer spends his time. The customer isn't necessarily a business one; he/she could be a reader of this buzz. Let us accept facts whether on social media or not only 10% of readers or business customers are pioneers or early adopters. We need others to cross the chasm to follow and the late laggards are already too late. This human behavior may be noticeable on social media and this offers the opportunity where to direct efforts.

We need to ask ourselves why we get involved in social media. It could be finding romance, detecting trends, socializing, meeting people from different parts of the world, finding a job, recommendations on hotels and resort, selling and many other possibilities. On a personal level I find social media a prime source of identifying thinkers and to exchange my thoughts with them, brainstorming new ideas, receiving feedback and hoping for creative ideas to emerge. On a business level, I need social media to increase the awareness of potential candidates of my clients' business. I may measure the success and take corrective steps accordingly. I have made excellent connections that helped me grow. I didn't make a penny out of social media because this wasn't my goal to start with. I had my bad experiences such as getting invited to a global conference that never happened. However; in life we don't get anything for nothing and to reap delights one must be ready to accept few pains.

Is Social Media Waste of Time?

Building connections requires mutual trust. Building trust isn't easy. It takes more effort when the relationship isn't physical. This is one of the basic challenges of social media. Trust and expectations might work in opposite directions and this is one of the new challenges I face personally. A virtual friend asks me to comment on one of his posts. His expectations are that I shall endorse his post and share it. If I don't comment because I find the post irrelevant or misleading the author would think that I am ignoring him. If I write a moderate and not even very critical review, he would think that I am acting and his trust in me dwindles. I even wrote to few supposedly friends with some critical views and this resulting in never hearing from them again. I find social media role as a sieving media is important. It sieves away people who only expect praise. This is not the way to learn and grow.


We had different experiences on social media. Some authors migrated from other platforms. Few other authors abandoned social media as they found it "a complete wastage of time". I invite you to share your experience whether you find it rewarding to spend hours on social media.


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Javier 🐝 CR

Javier 🐝 CR

4 years ago #64

#81
Fatima Williams LOL

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

4 years ago #63

I used to live a house that had Red tiles for its ceiling, I must have been 8 or 9 years at the time and this beautiful guava tree grew over the house covering it like a blanket. It stood in the middle of the house like a might shade and it offered us nothing but love during those 5 plus years that we lived there. Yes Anees Zaidi we used to climb the trees too, my sisters and me to pluck the guava's that we so happily distributed to our neighbors and friends. However we were always chased by the landlord who eventually gave up even-though we kept breaking his tiles :) It's sad that I don't even have a picture of that tree.

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

4 years ago #62

#83
I used to live a house made of Red tiles I must have been 8 or 9 years at the time and the guava tree grew over the house covering it like a blanket. It stood in the middle of the house like a might shade and it offered us nothing but love during those 5 plus years that we lived there. Yes Anees Zaidi we used to climb the trees too, my sisters and me to pluck the guava's that we so happily distributed to our neighbors and friends. However we were always chased by the landlord who eventually gave up even-though we kept breaking his tiles :)

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#83
Amazing because i kept thinking about the same idea dear Anees Zaidi sweeten by you biting them. Write about Biting Ideas my friend and pulping them in red

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#81
I fully concur with your comment dear Fatima Williams heart to the brim with smiles

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

4 years ago #59

#79
Javier beBee I burst out laughing at your comment I can imagine what you thought when you wrote that. This buzz is more to tell others why it's not a waste of time. You have created something extra-ordinary here its a little more than any normal social media platform, its unique. We are Proud :) So be Proud and stay awesome :) Cheers BeBee - Because Engaging Becomes Exciting & Enriching.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#79
Thank you Javier beBee)

Javier 🐝 CR

Javier 🐝 CR

4 years ago #57

I would never have created beBee if I thought that social media is a waste of time!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#75
I decided to sit aside to allow for the flow of comments and respond tomorrow. Hoever; dear Anees Zaidi will then enjoy alone the Guava fruit. Dear Fatima Williams- fantastic what you wrote "beBee, twitter and linkedin has helped me gained some everlasting fruitful and worthy friendships & connections. For that I am Thankful. Social media is my like the guava tree that I once had in my backyard. Not every fruit is sweet but they are always giving you something. Especially the ones bitten by the squirrels are even more sweeter like the comments of a buzz". You are very right.

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

4 years ago #55

Social media is a journey of myself with the rest of the world. A highway where I meet so many people similar to that of a journey on a train. Some relationships last some don't. But every interaction is worth my time. The interactions on my journey may or may not lead me to my destination but I am always learning, interacting and growing. I agree with you @John Valledor it is like my coffee shop too where I just, sit, relax and sip into my coffee and sometimes its too much caffeine but I always know when to stop. Who doesn't love coffee by the way β™‘. beBee, twitter and linkedin has helped me gained some everlasting fruitful and worthy friendships & connections. For that I am Thankful. Social media is my like the guava tree that I once had in my backyard. Not every fruit is sweet but they are always giving you something. Especially the ones bitten by the squirrels are even more sweeter like the comments of a buzz. Take what you want and leave the rest. Thank you Social media you brought Ali Anani and a few others to me not as a fruit but a knowledge tree :)

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

4 years ago #54

Ali Anani I am totally new to Social Media. My wading in on LinkedIn left me wanting and now am trying BeBee. I am pretty neutral on whether its good or bad, but rather see it as a reflection of humanity. Being a boomer I do seek real one on one relationships and Social Media is a curiosity. Through my children I have seen the networking develop positive growth and customers. But I also see the amount of time and frustration in maintaining a clean network. Accepting, rejecting and posting all becomes a part of the process. My personal opinion is that without one on one experience social media does not teach communications very well. Specifically when your career path requires good communication skills. Reading rejection on line is not the same as smelling, seeing and hearing it in real time. Some interviews come across like a Facebook post and when I ask a off the chart question such as, Tell me about that teacher you had in High School you felt had it in for you, and how did you over come?, they come to pieces. Social media is a great add on tool for ones life journey, but very few, I would imagine, are successful within the media alone.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#70
I do appreciate your authenticity and search for own choices. I respect every word of your response Peter van Doorn

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#68
Renee Cormier- beautifully said "There is nothing wrong with letting your mind and body do something unchallenging for a while". I wrote a presentation that rates among my best three on "Clean your mind cache" and I call exactly for the same. However; please allow me to add that it is the overuse of time in surfing the social media. I see people very busy scrolling pages and pages on social media using their mobile and exchanging very little info. Social media is a tool and instead of blaming the song we should blame the singer or the composer.

Renée 🐝 Cormier

Renée 🐝 Cormier

4 years ago #51

Ali Anani, I was just thinking I should write a post about this same subject, and there your post appeared! Most people of a "certain age" find social media to be a waste of time because they are resistant to change and intimidated by what they don't understand. Just the other day, my husband, who is in that particular demographic, chastised me for looking at Facebook. Ugh! I use social media for my work. It is how I make a living, so I need to understand the intricacies of various social media platforms. Having said that I was caught that day purely wasting time. Do you know why? Because I can. There is nothing wrong with letting your mind and body do something unchallenging for a while. It is no worse than watching TV or drinking lemonade in a chair in your back yard. Unwind any way you like. What people consider a waste of time is purely subjective and that is because there is a time and a place for everything.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Immediately after reading your comment I followed you Peter van Doorn. You have your philosphy and i enjoyed it. The beauty is I that I don't have to agree fully with you or expect to agree 100%; yet I find your thinking attractive to the mind. This is evidenced from your writing "It is what we do in life, isn't it? We seek like-minded people. It has always been the way to survive. The tribe above all. The world has changed. We are now individuals. Social media not being the cause, but a consequence".

Lada 🏑 Prkic

Lada 🏑 Prkic

4 years ago #49

#63
I'm so glad we met, Ali Anani. By the way, I see myself rather as a person who is quick to notice things, than a vigilant one. :-)

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#62
I fully concur with your probing comment dear Sara Sara Jacobovici. Yes, the pleasure of meeting face to face following the building of online relationship is a the real test. You remind me of a long time real friend till we travelled together. So many things then put me off. Even knowing somebody in person for long times might not be enough to travel with.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#59
You have very agile mind dear Lada Prkic. Your writing " my quick due diligence of social media has shown me which social networks are the serious social media platforms, and these I use on a regular basis" is the reflection of this agility and tells why I am lucky to have met with you

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #46

Dear Ali Anani, I started reading your Buzz yesterday and the comments and the discussion it sparked and am only now able to finally contribute my comment. I would like to focus on the following: "Building connections requires mutual trust. Building trust isn't easy. It takes more effort when the relationship isn't physical. This is one of the basic challenges of social media." The discussion has brought up many positive aspects and benefits of social media but your comment is the one that reflects the negative potential. And it is rooted in the fact that we are not engaged face to face, tone of voice to tone of voice, gesture to gesture, or body language to body language. All the non-verbals (and sensory information) we do depend on to enable the development of mutual trust. It is crucial for us to remember that social media relationships are different as a result. I have heard that once some of the social media connections have been made, it is the next step, phone/Skype connection or meeting face to face, that enables the relationship to flourish. Thank you Dr. Ali for another thought provoking buzz and discussion.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #45

#48
Your 100% right Ali Anani when you describe that the process, once it's begun by the butterfly effect, is something outside our ability to influence the outcome while the process is taking place. I think for me, the potential of influencing the outcome is in our response to the result of the process. Our response can influence what happens next.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #44

#56
Thank you so much Peter van Doorn for your reply. First let me say that it wasn't my intent to give the impression that I thought only talented individuals were artists. I see a difference between creative people and artists. I believe we are all creative and it is crucial for everyone to find their means of self-expression. I am glad that technology enables individuals to find a voice, the internet, a place where you can be yourself. Please, by all means, dream on!

Lada 🏑 Prkic

Lada 🏑 Prkic

4 years ago #43

I often asked myself what's the purpose of spending time on social media. Fortunately, I am not looking for a job, not sell anything, or offering any services. So, what are my reasons? But why search for the reasons. What are the reasons for watching a TV, or going to the movies? I just love to spend a part of my spare time on social media. I chose what media deserve to spend time on. As I said in my answer to Manjit's comment on other post, my quick due diligence of social media has shown me which social networks are the serious social media platforms, and these I use on a regular basis. I simply use them to socialize with people who share the same interests as me. The further benefit for using social media space is learning, and it is a rich resource for learning if we know how to use it, i.e., what information can be taken as relevant, or who can be considered as a true mentor from whom we can learn. Since I am on social media I’ve improved my written English and I started to write again. So, I might say that in some way it is an investment in a personal growth like any other learning, if we use it in a balanced way, as Mohammed said. To meet the new, interesting and intellectual people like you, dear Ali Anani, is just an icing on the cake.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#56
Enjoyed your comment @Peter Van Doorn. I invite Sara Jacobovici to read it by highlighting her name.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#55
Dear Steve Brady-- let me first wish you that you would recover soon and be in good health. When we go through bad experiences our words become more effective. Your comment made me feel how important social media can be be for some people. The passions in your comment are overwhelming and moved me. I am grateful for contributing this comment

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

I love your balanced view Andrew Books. I can put more time because I have the system working in my organization. At my age it is easier to find the time to comment. But I fully understand that we need also to work to make a living. It amazes me how many ideas from work may be the seeds for lovely buzzes. If we go to work with heart, the work may become a main source of inspiration.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#51
Will read and I am so grateful to you dear CityVP Manjit for the deep info and link

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #38

#44
#44 Clay Shirky wrote the book "Cognitive Surplus" and like all ideas, what took shape after that is discussed in this Edge commentary https://www.edge.org/conversation/clay_shirky-gin-television-and-cognitive-surplus - one of the interesting follow on notes being from Tom O'Reilly who mentions Americans approximately 2 billion hours of television a year and 98 million hours of advertising every weekend - but estimated that the collective cognitive surplus that went into what Wikipedia is today equates to 98 million of human thought in coding, edits and updates.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #37

#44
Clay Shirky wrote the book "Cognitive Surplus" and like all ideas, what took shape after that is discussed in this Edge commentary https://www.edge.org/conversation/clay_shirky-gin-television-and-cognitive-surplus - one of the interesting follow on notes being from Tom O'Reilly who mentions Americans approximately 2 billion hours of television a year and 98 million hours of advertising every weekend - but estimated that the collective cognitive surplus that went into what Wikipedia is today equates to 98 million of human thought in coding, edits and updates. https://www.edge.org/conversation/clay_shirky-gin-television-and-cognitive-surplus

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#42
Dea brother Anees Zaidi- you may have noticed many software companies sell software online only. The reason is psychological. When people buy a software, download it and start using it in few minutes they get the delight of fst services. The deferred pain is that customers they pay around 30% more. This is because they get immediate delight, but the illusion of no pain. They didn't have to put their hands deep in their pocket to pay for the software. Only a month later they have to settle the invoice. Yes, online is faster, but could cost more.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#39
In cases where we have a butterfly effect where the outcome is out of proportion to the causes then may b it is difficult to affect the outcome in assured ways. I wonder what you think Sara Sara Jacobovici, being a great thinker

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#38
Amazing is how you keep your thoughts balanced dear

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Peter van Doorn- would love to read first your response to that of Sara Jacobovici so as to keep the discussions focused. Challenging questions. Just one quick idea if time is your input what would you like your output to be?

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#35
GREAT IDEA dear Alan Alan Geller and I shall give it due attention

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#33
I tell you frankly dear CityVP Manjit only very special people may come with the term "cognitive surplus". That is a great terminology and has profound meanings. One thing I am sure of is that you Manjit have it. I am so impressed and feel ike exploring the depth of this cognitive surplus. I might dare even to write a buzz about

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #30

#36
Provocative questions Peter van Doorn. Asking these questions is a sign of not wasting our lives. I agree that social media is a tool. I, however, respectfully disagree when you say that the tools of "Writing, sculpturing, composing, painting." are the same as the tool of social media. From my perspective, artists don't lose themselves, they experience the world (both our internal and external worlds), they enter an altered state of consciousness from which comes forth a creation to transcend our particular understanding of those worlds. Social media is a way of communicating and connecting, a way of transmitting and receiving information. Technology has increased the speed and quantity of information available to us and has eliminated physical boundaries. A very different type of tool. Thanks Peter for sparking an interesting discussion.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #29

#40
Dear Sara, I am also reminded of my time organizing trade shows and how people who visited our booth and were not interested in our product we identified as "tire-kickers", named after people who go to a car showroom only to kick the tires as if they are interested, when they are not. In that case it was to keep vigilant about people that were not "wasting our time". Yet the same salespeople who termed trade show visitors tire-kickers went out in their spare time to engage in window shopping, that moving from shop to shop because of a fascination and not simply as an act of consumerism. That is how I treat social media but it is not helpful on me focusing on people as tire-kickers - but it is helpful to notice the people who do notice - and in that there is our own unique value - just as the people walking down main street are not consumers, they are people and they have every right to do make life choices the way they see fit, so long as it is not breaking laws and disturbing the peace. If breath was meant to be meaningful why is the in and out of breathing by itself rather simple thing. Our choices are not time based but breath based and in that there can be time well wasted. That we change the breathing patterns of others is a responsibility we should be more mindful of especially if we are not breathing properly ourselves. That is the self-reflection for me.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #28

#7
I appreciate your comment CityVP Manjit. I also like the following focus: "The question you ask here is what wise people have asked decade upon decade and it does not change the dynamic of mass behaviours."

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #27

#5
A well written and appreciated comment Salma Rodriguez. You are describing a too real potential. But it is only a potential. I refuse to believe that we can not have a say in the outcome.

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

4 years ago #26

Social media is the need and priority of the passing times. To neglect it totally is foolishness, to misrepresent it is sheer fallacy, to become grossly addicted to it is disturbing deviation and to be interactive on social media, in a balanced way, with common sense for beneficial outcomes is worthwhile activity, and not a waste of time.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #25

#3
Agreed Jim Murray, "...what I do know is that nothing will happen if you are not actively participating." Also like the marathon/sprinter analogy.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #24

#26
In terms of purpose Clay Shirky does not refer to social media, he created a much more meaningful term called "Cognitive Surplus" - that is about the media we consume in our free time and how in a collaborative networks we can utilize cognitive surplus - whether that is in creating LOL cats at the trivial level or come together to collaborate on Ushahidi projects https://www.ushahidi.com/ His TED Talk explains why the idea of "Cognitive Surplus" is so powerful https://www.ted.com/talks/clay_shirky_how_cognitive_surplus_will_change_the_world?language=en and for you Ali Ali Anani it becomes a way of describing something you naturally hold to be great contribution value, but which maybe has been lacking a name to reference it.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#21
Yes, dear Claudio Vetica gave about Africa in his first comment is a great one within this context.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#19
Veru nice examples and some smiley ones dear Ben Pinto

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#11
Max Carter- you started your comment with a very balanced view I find social media to be the single most damaging thing and yet the single greatest tool in humanity." Yes, we need to balance our opinions and not swing them to one extreme opposite. Like pharmaceuticals, they have benefits and harmful side effects. We need to balance the benefits against harmful side effects. For some patient one drug may be of great other; for another patient it could be fatal. We need a comprehensive view as you did in your comment.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#10
mohammed khalaf- I agree dear with you "We are all products of our personal choices". But when we get a virus, or silly pop-up on the screen or someone hijacking our e-mail I wonder my friend if this is a matter of personal choice. In fact, very little we may have on the content of beBee for example. Sometimes we get surprises.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#9
Your comment Paul \ knows what I am referring to. We need to verify our trust.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#8
Charles Charles David Upchurch- what a concise way to put it Social media are worthwhile when I invest in making them worthwhile". Lovely and deep comment

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#7
Yes, CityVP Manjit- social media has helped many AFricans master some agriculture technologies and this way it has served a grand human purpose. You bring a vital point: social media for great purposes and in this regard this medium along with others may go a long way in alleviating human miseries.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#6
Salma Rodriguez. Like in chemical reactions, human reactions are mostly irrelevant. Like molecules reacting, they must have the right orientation, reactivity and conditions to react so are human reactions. Apparently, this is the rule of life. It is not common to find lots of people with whom you have the right orientation and interests to react. This is not limited to social media, but this media helped us see realities s they are.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
Salma Rodriguez- this point is the main reason why I wrote this buzz "only doing that: having us grow alone together". Yes, and I can this this negative issue increasing with the advancement of mobile hones where distraction is growing seriously

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Yes, spot on you are Martina Baxter. Like cars, we can put them to good use or drive them crazy to the extent they drive us to fatal accidents. It is how we put social media to use purposefully or wastingly.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#16
Thank you for your very balanced response . This is evidenced in your writing "and not goading people with my negative or argumentative comment" .and also "Not to mention you can build the triad - the Know, Like and Trust factors". yes, we need to ild the three corners of the triad because if one is missing the triad collapses. I concur fully with your insightful comment.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #12

I had a chance this evening to take a deeper look at the topyaps.com website and the home page is definintely yap. Yapping in London (where I was born) is called rabbit, which cockney band Chas n'Dave wrote a humourous song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOSseI1hao8 - so this is yapping http://www.dictionary.com/browse/yap

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

Social media is what you make of it. I ditto the comment made by Paul \.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#4
Thank you dear Milos Djukic. I agree and having a butterfly effect is a big reward for persistence and hard work.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#3
Jim Murray- Thank you Jim for your good words about me. In no way I said I am not benefiting from social media. This is how I got to know you and many great minds who have helped me develop, learn, generate new ideas, have fruitful discussion and exchange posts. I tried be neutral for there are two parties as summarized from my literature search. I wished to know your opinion. My strategy is not geared towards generating money, but towards generating creative ideas. I am very much obliged to many people here on beBee who helped me go a long way along this direction. On a personal level I am thriving and I have no complaint. Some people do. I wanted to remain balanced and for this reason I decided not to respond instantly to comments so that I may have no influence on others.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#2
AS long as we acquire knowledge and develop ideas from the inspirations from feedback I am equally happy like you Darryl John

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
Dear Vincent Andrew- your comment resonates with me. I always say comments are my favorite engagements because from them I learn and develop

mohammed khalaf

mohammed khalaf

4 years ago #6

These privileges to that time of social media not waste of time ,I speak of have only confirmed to me these universal truths...We get what we put into things, We reap what we sow?We are all products of our personal choices.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #5

Dear Ali Anani, I do not even think of it as social media, it is just media. My primary sources of media are television via PVR, the web, my public library, my college, my extensive home library and my kids. It is my kids who keep me informed about "social media". The question you ask here is what wise people have asked decade upon decade and it does not change the dynamic of mass behaviours. In this given minute, there are probably a hundred of my nearby neighbours on some form of media and each live in their own home, have recourse to the same advantages we do, the same quality of media we do, and the same opportunity for making the most of the media that they have access to. In this given minute in a remote part of Africa the media we have in abundance is much harder to come by, so instead of asking a question that has no end or beginning, focus the question more like this one How Is Digital Technology Changing Africa’s Cultural Landscape? http://www.okayafrica.com/culture-2/how-is-digital-technology-changing-africas-cultural-landscape/ So what is media now? It is whatever door we personally open up and what waits for us. I do not want to be a social media expert because the onus in my life is for me to explore the media and not for a social media expert to spoon-feed me, because that is what nannies do. One door opens up a world that discourages us, but I want to open doors to the brilliant people in the world - like the Africa link above.

Salma Rodriguez

Salma Rodriguez

4 years ago #4

#4
Very true, Milos. It is this connection with like-minded people, like yourself, that has me continue my social media activities. I rest my case on what I said earlier. True, each being lives in isolation of others, yet connecting with others has a sort of impact on consciousness. Our communication has a new dimension, yet I feel as if it is vastly unexplored, even though, as scientist, I have conducted my experiments and found Truth. It is only via these interactions that I bring new purpose to life on Earth. Thank you!

Salma Rodriguez

Salma Rodriguez

4 years ago #3

I find it to be dismally true that society at large is growing "alone together". Did it have to necessarily happen? Nowadays, people are endeavoring upon the "augmented reality" as something that satisfices more, to ease this phenomenon. One needs be no phenomenologist to understand that social media and augmented reality, let alone virtual reality, is only doing that: having us grow alone together. A solipsist may be perfectly content validating his or her hypothesis that there is no one else out there, alas turning the problem of the other mind into one of no other mind, just you, but who is this entity called you? A non-existent being or some entity that intends objects of consciousness, with no purpose?

Milos Djukic

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #2

#3
Dear Jim Murray, Social media are unpredictable miracle (chaotic system). They can bring us a lot, but require commitment and determination. Only then, the butterfly can fly and in coordination with like-minded people.

Jim Murray

Jim Murray

4 years ago #1

I'm gonna be really honest with you Ali, because I like you and I like your posts. You are way overthinking this. Social media is only a waste of time if you do not have a strategy and a real good reason for being here. A lot of us do. Some of us don't. But in either case, even just casually cruising around a site like beBee, reading a few posts, maybe making a few comments is not a waste of time. The mind is always taking things in. It's kind of like Milos Djukic's butterfly theory. Who is to say that some weird random idea that you saw yesterday, didn't stick in your head and re-manifest itself as an original idea that you can use to your benefit today or tomorrow? Who's to say that some comment you made on a post doesn't attract the attention of someone who wants to get to know more about you and that leads to a business or personal relationship. My relationship with sales expert, Robert Wright started exactly that way. The point here is that you get out of social media what you put into it. Maybe it's just readers. But maybe, every so often, it turns into something more. You can't predict that. But what I do know is that nothing will happen if you are not actively participating. It's a full contact sport. And my friend Barb Munshaw says 'it's a marathon, not a sprint". The sprinters will get very little from their experience. The marathoners...well they're always in motion. But to stay in motion, you need a strategy.

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