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Why Social Media is Dying a Slow Death

Source: Dumb Little Man

unintended consequences of social media
unintended consequences of social media

I remember when I was a young whippersnapper of a kid — no place to be and no dependents to take care of. I was responsible, trustworthy, and intelligent enough to work my way to a comfortable place in whatever job I held at the time.

And I was balanced enough to separate work from play and appreciate the benefits of both. I was social enough always to have the choice to accept or turn down plans on my own timeline.

If social media had been around, would I have spent hours of my day liking, retweeting, and hash-tagging every conversation?

Perhaps, but instead, I was flipping through teen magazines and listening to music and writing in my journal. I was hanging out on the railroad tracks and riding bikes down country roads. I was spending my hard-earned pennies on ice cream and eating lunch wherever the cute guy of the year was working.

I’m not sure if kids still do these things, but I am sure that if they are filling their time with social media, they are missing out on some pretty kick-ass memories.

The funny thing is that this was not that long ago. I’m a few years short of 40 which means I fall into this crazy half-identity crisis where I am technically a millennial but only by birth year.

I run an online business and I have and use Facebook and Instagram. I have (and have abandoned) Snap Chat, Pinterest, and Twitter. I’ve seen the benefits of social media for social interactions and I’ve seen the benefits of social media for brands large and small.

But I’m struggling to see how this can last.

In fact, I recently gave up a freelance gig as a social media manager for a few local businesses and it’s because of the unintended consequences of social media.

Below are some of them:

Encouraging unrealistic expectations

As brands post, tweet, and tag each other 24 hours a day, they are setting the…

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